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Electric Vehicles In India: FAME-India Scheme Further Enables Mass Adoption

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Highlights

  • The aim is to make India a 100 per cent electric vehicle nation by 2030
  • Phase 1 of the FAME-India scheme commenced in April 2015
  • The government recently announced extension of demand incentives

The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME-India) scheme, the government of India's endeavour to push the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles, is steadily picking up pace in the country. The latest effort toward that end is the extension of demand incentives worth ₹ 127.77 crore for the purchase of more than 1.11 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles under the programme. First announced in 2015 as a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMP), FAME-India offers incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles as it paves the way towards becoming a 100 per cent electric vehicle nation by 2030.

The cause of electric vehicles and green mobility has become the centre of discussions across the world as the struggle with pollution and global warming continues. While other countries have been quick to embrace the wave of green vehicles, India is only getting started. The FAME-India scheme, which covers mild hybrid, strong hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric technologies, is a concrete step in that direction.

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To be implemented over a period of six years, till 2020, the scheme will have four primary areas of focus, namely, technology development, demand creation, pilot projects, and charging infrastructure. Phase 1 of the scheme, which commenced in April 2015, is currently restricted to 'smart cities', Delhi NCR, Greater Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, all state capitals and other urban cities with a population of over 1 million, and cities of the North Eastern states. The government is striving to create a market for electric vehicles by the means of incentives for all vehicle segments including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and buses.

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