Finally, Chandigarh Rolls Out E-Vehicle Policy: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20

The UT board has finally rolled out its Electric Vehicles (EV) Policy. In addition to encouraging EV buyers, the UT will stop registering two-wheelers and three-wheelers powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2024-25.

The UT administrator, Banwarilal Purohit, today approved the 2022 Electric Vehicle Policy to make Chandigarh a “Model EV City” by achieving zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in all Indian cities by the end of the five-year policy period. The policy is effective immediately.

In order to gradually phase out the two-wheelers and three-wheelers that run on ICE, the administration will ensure the registration of at least 35 percent of electric two-wheelers (e-2W) and electric three-wheelers (e-3W). ) in 2022-23, 70 percent in 2023-24, and another 100 percent in 2024-25.

The UT advisor, Dharam Pal, said that the registration of two-wheelers and three-wheelers running on ICE would be stopped when the registration of these vehicles reaches 65 percent (2022-23), and that it would be calculated based on the total number of vehicles registered in the previous year. In 2023-24, fossil fuel vehicle registration will be discontinued after the number of registered vehicles reaches 30 percent.

To accelerate the promotion of EVs in the UT so that they contribute to 80 percent of new vehicle registrations by the end of the policy period, the board has set a target of 100 percent registration of new e-two-wheelers, e-tricycles, e- quadricycles (goods), e-cars (commercial) and e-buses by the end of five years, with 50 percent registration of e-cars for personal use. Apart from a complete exemption from registration fees and road tax, the UT has offered incentives in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 2 lakh for a limited number of vehicles of various categories during the policy period to encourage buyers to buy EVs.

The advisor said the policy includes several incentives to encourage people to switch to e-vehicles in order to have a smaller carbon footprint and make Chandigarh carbon neutral at the earliest.

In addition, a special early bird discount is also given to vehicles purchased and registered in the first year of the policy period. The policy will also help create charging infrastructure in each sector. In the first two years of the policy period, 100 public charging stations will be installed in the city. Nine fast charging stations have already been set up at various locations in the city, and 44 more will be added in the coming months.

Debendra Dalai, Secretary, Science and Technology, said incentives would be provided directly to the owners of the vehicles purchased and registered in Chandigarh.

The incentive cases would be handled offline for the time being, later only online mode requests will be submitted on the web portal. The detailed standard workflow for incentive cases would be announced shortly.

Criteria for removing incentives

Dalai said registered electric vehicle owners are also eligible for scrapping premium. This only applies if the scrapped vehicle is of the same vehicle category as the electric vehicle and is registered in Chandigarh.

Charging rate

The public is required to pay Rs 8 per unit for slow or medium charging, Rs 10 per unit for fast charging and Rs 11 per unit for battery change, including all taxes.

Fast charging stations

  • Parking lot next to GMSH-16
  • Town Hall, Sector 9
  • Public car park, Sector 24-A
  • Government College, Sector 50
  • Palm Garden, Sector 42
  • Botanical Garden, Sarangpur
  • Japanese Garden (Part 1), Sector 31
  • Japanese Garden (Part 2), Sector 31
  • Lake parking, Sector 42

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