New Delhi: Haryana government aims to convert 100% of fleet owned by state-owned transport companies to electric buses by 2029, with first phase of 100% fleet conversion bus service to Gurugram and Faridabad by 2024.
All forms of government vehicles, including vehicles under Crown corporations, government boards and ambulances, etc. will be converted to electric vehicles by 2024, according to the state’s draft electric vehicle policy.
The government aims to provide 24/7 electricity to all qualified electric vehicle related industries operating in the state and to provide reimbursement for electricity charges / electricity rights specified by the government per unit for a period of time from the date of commencement of commercial production of electric vehicles.
The government said it has revised the regulations on the transport of electric vehicles, in which registration will be allowed for 2-wheel, 3-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles equipped with an electric motor and a group Electric powerplant using advanced battery technologies and certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune or any other government recognized body.
In the vehicle category, buses are the first choice for the conversion to the EV regime. âThe buses, mainly intended for public transport, will be 9 m and 12 m long, with an average range of 50 km to 100 km. The Bureau of Indian Standards will provide the following type of bus battery charging options as India-specific solutions, âthe draft report said.
âBuses should recharge at bus depots using dedicated three-phase alternating current (AC) connections to each parked bus. In addition, a small recharge will be carried out en route, âhe added.
Electric vehicles with batteries below 120 V will be considered light electric vehicles and they will also include two-wheelers, three-wheelers and some car models.
In two-wheelers, there will be two kinds. First, an electric scooter with a built-in 50 km battery (suitable for charging at home) with the possibility of an additional 50 km extension battery (exchangeable at public stations as needed). Second, electric scooters with two replaceable batteries.
The three-wheeler category will include automatic rickshaws in the State having a base price of INR 1 lakh to INR 1.70 lakh with an operating cost between INR 1.30 and INR 1.40 per km. âConverting them to e-autos can be revenue neutral if the electric vehicle (EV) battery is treated as a separate component from the basic EV,â he said.
The project indicated that for four-wheeled vehicles, the technologically optimal solution would be to have electric trucks with built-in batteries with rentable range extension batteries, of different capacities for different electric vehicle models.
Public sector units (PSUs) will be encouraged to set up charging infrastructure in the state. The state will facilitate the availability of land for these PSUs at preferential rates in the designated areas.
“The mobility of electric vehicles on major highways with high vehicle density will be equipped with fast charging stations and battery exchange infrastructure every 50 km,” he said.
The report also states that the state will encourage the creation of an aftermarket for the disposal of electric vehicle batteries in the PPP model.
Focus on manufacturing
The Haryana government aims to allocate 100-200 acres of land to develop electric vehicle fleets with internal plug and play infrastructure, common facilities and the necessary external infrastructure. An incubation center for host startups will also be planned in the EV park.
To provide financial support to manufacturing companies, the government plans to provide a fixed capital investment (FCI) subsidy of various amounts, 100% of stamp duties and transfer duties paid by industry on l The purchase or rental of land intended for industrial use will be reimbursed and, provide reimbursement of fixed electricity costs at INR 3.00 per unit for a period of 5 years from the date of commencement of commercial production .
âAll new electric vehicle manufacturing units and electric battery units as defined in the policy will be exempt from electricity tax for the first 10 years,â he said.
With the purchase of an EV, a subsidy of 30% on the road price of a vehicle will be reimbursed directly to the purchaser in the State and to the financier, if the EV is mortgaged. This will be applicable for the duration of this policy.
All registered electric vehicles will be exempt from state toll tax.
Electric vehicle dealers (excluding transport) will be exempted from presenting a bank guarantee of 1 lakh INR for online registration of points of sale in the State.
Electric vehicles will be registered in priority with a minimum fee of INR 100.
In addition, for a period of six months from the date of issue of the VE policy, buyers who intend to purchase rickshaws / electric cars will receive a coupon of INR 25,000, and for them light electric vehicles, a coupon of INR. 50,000.
Likewise, buyers who intend to purchase electric cars (less than INR 10 lakh) within six months from the date of issuance of the electric policy will receive a coupon of INR 75,000 and those who intend to buy electric cars (above INR 10 lakh) a coupon of INR 100,000.