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Maharashtra postpones electric vehicle policy due to inadequate charging ecosystem

Strong points :

  • The Ministry of Environment passed a resolution for the implementation of the EV policy from April next year.
  • The policy aims to make Maharashtra a leading state in India in terms of adoption of electric vehicles.

An underdeveloped ecosystem will certainly prove a barrier to faster adoption of electric vehicles. In this case, a resolution has been issued by the Department of Environment of the Government of Maharashtra to implement the state policy on electric vehicles from April 2023 instead of April this year. .

The one-year postponement of the state’s electric vehicle policy means that not all departments are required to bring in new cars, whether purchased or leased in cities, only electric vehicles, like the policy requires it.

The reason for the delay is that many departments objected to the EV policy implementation timelines. They argued that there was an insufficient presence of charging stations in India’s most industrialized state. The performance of electric vehicles within the state is also in question as there are no quality roads and related infrastructure for the success of electric vehicles.

The Maharashtra government announced its Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy on July 15, 2021, to ensure that 10% of all new vehicles are EVs by 2025 and make the state a leader in terms of adoption EVs. By the middle of this decade, the policy aims to achieve 25% electrification of public transport in six targeted urban agglomerations in Maharashtra: Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nashik.

Furthermore, it aimed to have 25% of urban vehicles operated by aggregators and operators to be electric vehicles by 2025. Seven urban agglomerations in Maharashtra were to be equipped with 2,500 electric vehicle charging stations – Mumbai , Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Solapur and Amravati.

As part of the electric vehicle policy, the environment department has previously mandated almost all government agencies working in Maharashtra to purchase electric vehicles. These included all departments of Mantralaya, SPCB, MIDC, local bodies, MMRDA, Public Service Commission, High Court, etc.

Speaking at the “Alternative Fuel Conclave” earlier this month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said his government plans to encourage an ecosystem that contributes to the growth of electric vehicles and fuel-powered vehicles. alternative fuels. Energy Minister Nitin Raut has informed that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) will form joint ventures with oil companies to set up electric vehicle charging stations at the petrol pump premises, which will be followed by the installation of charging facilities in schools and colleges in Maharashtra.