Chandigarh to join the list of EV cities under the Smart City Mission initiative with the new EV draft policy


The States/UT of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and TamilNadu have a draft EV policy in place. Chandigarh has recently joined this list with its own draft EV policy. As the Smart City Mission deals with improving the transport sector by increasing the Bus rapid transport system, electric vehicles, public vehicle sharing scheme, it also at the same time tries to make it ecologically sustainable.

Chandigarh has the highest density of vehicles in the country which makes it more urgent to do it sustainably. The 1.2 million vehicles city is facing the challenge of how to curb the emissions. This has further led to the formation of the draft EV policy. The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking(CTU) has floated a tender for 40 electric buses and charging stations in order to work towards electric mobility. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission has also fixed Rs 4 per unit and Rs 100 as a fixed monthly charge on electricity bill for the charging stations that are to be built. This initiative to strive for ‘one of the world’s leading clean vehicle cities’

The city is planning to achieve this by only registering EVs after 2030. It aims to have all-electric fleet of public buses by 2027 and all-electric government fleet by 2025. Apart from this it also aims to all-electric rickshaws, corporate fleets, cabs and school buses/vans on road by 2030.To support this infrastructure 1000 public EV chargers by 2030 have been proposed.

In order to incentivise the use of EV , Department of Transport of the city is also ready to subsidise the cost of vehicles for the first 3000 buyers(three-wheelers and two-wheelers).It is also granting 100 percent tax subsidy for road tax as well as 100 percent exemption from registration charges up to 2024.It will also provide free insurance to first 1000 EV buyers in the city for one year. Along with this dedicated free parking spaces reserved for all EVs in 30 percent of government-owned parking spaces. All institutional buildings will also have reserved parking spaces for EVs with free charging facilities. A 30 per cent subsidy will be offered on the installation of home chargers. There will also be a 15 percent subsidy for charging infrastructure companies that will install charging stations at public spaces.

The U.T administration will encourage agencies, corporations, communities, and large fleet operators to shift from ICE-powered vehicles to EVs. The administration will provide a group purchase incentive of Rs 30,000 per vehicle to all legal entities that make a one-time purchase of more than a certain number of EVs over and above other incentives/subsidies.

The U.T.administration is trying to promote the public sharing of transport and in order to achieve this, it is encouraging companies and start-ups to develop e-mobility programmes in the city. It will also try to raise awareness towards the use of EV by organising monthly EV parades. Also to prevent people from shifting to ICE vehicles, the U.T. administration will levy additional taxes and pollution cess.

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