Government think-tank Niti Aayog is exploring ways to make legislatures reduce the carbon footprints of their respective states. It plans to provide instructions to states with a target to reduce the carbon emission through electric vehicles that can be used by masses such as Electric Buses.
Niti Aayog’s official spokesperson said that the move will ensure that new orders for public utility vehicles by state transport offices will have a certain percentage of electric vehicles as well.
The report cited the spokesperson, as stating, “…for the country to successfully change to electric vehicles a behavioural change from the consumer, not EV policy, is what is necessary.”
Niti Aayog believes that the move will auger well to continue the momentum of implementing electric vehicles across the country. Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme has a corpus of $116 Mn (INR 800 Cr) allocated for a period of two years that ends in 2019.
States such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Goa have already started showing commitment to replacing diesel- and petrol-fuelled vehicles with electric vehicles. Meanwhile, Telangana has become the fourth state to have its own electric vehicles policy.
As part of the FAME scheme, state transport corporations –including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Manali, Kolkata and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Manali, Kolkata and Bangalore –have already introduced electric vehicles into their fleet.