To develop a strategy for zero emission vehicles, NITI Aayog has submitted a draft cabinet note to the Parliament proposing steps to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in India and accomplish the Centre's aim of going all-electric by 2030. Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to the Lok Sabha said that NITI Aayog has proposed the formation of six committees that will look in to different aspects required to create a sustainable ecosystem for EVs in India.
"NITI Aayog has submitted a draft cabinet note on developing a strategy to scale up transformative mobility for uptake of zero emission vehicles and ancillary technology," Singh told PTI.
On the think tanks proposition of installing committees, he said, "Each committee, to be headed by the respective secretaries, will decide issues pertaining to finalization of non-fiscal incentive; promotion of last mile connectivity; electric mobility in public transport; technology development of R&D electric mobility; charging infrastructure for electric mobility, and demand and supply side incentive.
In February this year, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that there is no need for a policy for electric vehicles (EVs) as an action plan has been prepared. Earlier this week, State-run Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) announced its plan to acquire close to 20,000 electric vehicles for government use with an investment of ₹ 2,400 crore. The order will see the government acquiring these EVs by March, 2019.