This week, a special task force constituted by government-run think tank NITI Aayog has proposed the removal of all permit requirements for electric vehicles. Created to offer suggestions on clean transportation, the task force has argued that electric vehicles are largely environment-friendly and should, therefore, be promoted more actively by the government.
As a further step to promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, the Indian government is reportedly planning to extend financial support of up to $1.3 Bn (INR 8,730 Cr) under the second phase of FAME India.
In a similar move, the central government is gearing up to offer incentives to local battery makers, with the aim of facilitating the establishment of more manufacturing units in the country.
As a testament to the growing interest in the Indian EV market, a number of global companies – including Kia Motors and China’s BYD – have expressed interest in participating in the government’s tender for electric vehicles.
Coming to international news, Google parent Alphabet-owned autonomous car company Waymo has joined hands with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to develop a luxury, self-driving electric car. The vehicle will be utilised for a ride-hailing service operated by Waymo, reports have claimed.
Given that so much has been happening in the country’s electric vehicle sector, we bring to you the 18th edition of the weekly EV roundups.