The central government is reportedly looking to tighten the corporate average fuel economy or 22 CAFE norms, which mandate automakers to manufacture cars that are 30% or more fuel efficient from 2022, and 10% or more between 2017 and 2021. A draft proposal has been submitted by the ministry of road, transport, and highways to government think-tank Niti Aayog in this regard.
The changes in the 22 CAFE norms are expected to compel car and SUV makers to invest more in electric and hybrid vehicle technology. The norm, in effect since April 1, 2017, is in line with those in European countries, which many other countries are implementing now.
In another development in the Indian EV space, the government has proposed a grant of $152 Mn (INR 1,050 Cr) for setting up of over 4,200 EV charging points across select cities and highways. A nodal agency comprising state-owned power distribution companies, central PSUs, and municipal corporations is being formed to identify cities and highways for setting up of charging stations.
We bring all these developments to you in the 30th edition of Electric Vehicles This Week.
Important Developments In The Indian EV Ecosystem This Week
Government To Set Up Nodal Agencies For Electric Vehicle Infra
In a move to set up a network of charging infrastructure, the government plans to appoint state-owned power distribution companies, central PSUs, and municipal corporations as nodal agencies. These agencies will identify locations to set up charging infrastructure in selected cities and on highways within a year and make it operational within a period of three years.
The government has proposed a grant of $152 Mn (INR 1,050 Cr) for setting up of over 4,200 EV charging points. According to the proposed policy, committees at central and state levels will identify the cities and highways, designate nodal implementing agencies, and monitor and review the implementation of the charging stations.