The Himachal Pradesh government has approved a draft electric vehicle policy to promote an environmentally friendly transportation system, with the goal of making Himachal Pradesh an electric vehicle hub with electric vehicle development and manufacturing, as well as public and private charging infrastructure. Continue reading to learn more about Himachal Pradesh’s electric vehicle policy.
By 2025, the main goal of this EV strategy is for battery electric vehicles to account for at least 15% of new vehicle registrations. Apart from incentivizing the use of electric vehicles across segments, the government will also establish public charging station networks.
Himachal Pradesh EV policy
It will establish at least one charging station in every 1km x 1km grid in major cities and towns, and at least one slow-charging station on both sides of state roads will be installed every 25km. On busy national routes, at least one fast-charging outlet (on each side) will be deployed every 50 kilometers.
The three cities of Shimla, Baddi, and Dharamshala will serve as model cities for EV preparedness and acceptance, with the electrification of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses and cabs on the horizon.
The governments of Meghalaya, Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana, and Maharashtra, as well as the Goa government, have all issued draft EV policies. To boost the growth and speedier adoption of electric vehicles, the Odisha government announced last month a 100 percent exemption of motor vehicle tax and registration costs for electric vehicles in the state.
Under the Odisha Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, which is in effect until 2025, the state government has announced a 100 percent exemption on motor vehicle taxes and registration costs for battery-operated vehicles. Padmanav Behera, the Transport Minister, had stated that the Transport Department has presented a proposal to the government to provide subsidies on e-vehicles in order to attract consumers.