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Electric vehicles public transport permits have been made mandatory starting 1 April 2019. All three and four-wheeler electric vehicles will have to carry a valid permit from a government agency. This permit will state that the vehicle will be used specifically for public transport. Owners of electric vehicles who have this public transport permit can benefit from incentives under the Rs 10,000 crore FAME India scheme.
The FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme is an incentive scheme, developed for promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. FAME was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The first phase started in 2015 and will end on 31 March 2019. It focused primarily on encouraging electric vehicles, development of electric vehicle technology, demand creation, pilot projects and charging infrastructure.
The second phase (FAME II), starting 1 April 2019, will cover buses using EV technology, electric plug-in hybrids, strong hybrid four-wheelers, electric three-wheelers including e-rickshaws, and electric two-wheelers.
The scheme intends supporting about 5 lakh e-rickshaws with an ex-factory price (India) of up to Rs 5 lakh with an incentive of Rs 50,000 each. It will offer Rs 1.5 lakh (each) to 35,000 electric four-wheelers with an ex-factory price of up to Rs 15 lakh. The scheme aims to boost environment-friendly mobility in the public sector.
According to the Heavy Industry Ministry, a dealer will have to ensure that the demand-incentive is restricted to individuals using vehicles for public transport only. A dealer can however claim incentives for sale of electric two wheelers for private use.
"E-3W, E-4W, and e-Bus segments will have incentives directed to vehicles used for public transport or towards those who register their vehicles for commercial purposes. For e-2W segment, incentives also apply for privately owned vehicles besides those used for public transport or for commercial purposes," the Heavy Industry Ministry said.
The Ministry also stated, "a dealer should ensure that only one vehicle per category per person are allowed to claim demand incentives. No individual person can purchase more than one vehicle of same category and claim incentives under the scheme. However, there will be no restrictions for number of vehicles to be purchased by other than individual categories of buyers,".
What We Think Of The Public Transport Permits For Electric Vehicles
Sure, interesting thought. But shouldn't everyone who owns an electric vehicle be issued an Electric Vehicles Public Transport Permit? Or at least an Electric Vehicle Permit? And shouldn't they be covered under the scheme? We think this will be a big incentive for everyone to move towards cleaner mobility solutions. Dear government, please.