Chandigarh, fondly known as city beautiful, has formulated its draft EV policy 2019, which will remain in force for a period of 5 years once the official notification is released.
As per the draft, the UT administration plans to set below targets for EV adoption in the city:
1. Only EVs to be registered in the city after 2030
2. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has floated a tender for 40 electric buses. The city aims to have an all-electric fleet of public buses by 2027
3. All-electric government fleet by 2025
4. All-electric Auto Rickshaws, Corporate Fleets, Cabs and School buses by 2030
5. 1,000 public chargers by 2030
In order to achieve these targets, the following measures will be taken by the administration:
Monetary Incentives for Buyers
1. Direct subsidy of Rs 20,000 for first 3,000 buyers of Electric two-wheelers & three-wheelers.
2. Free one-year insurance for first 1,000 EV buyers
3. Exemption from Road Tax & Registration charges till 2024
4. To promote EV adoption among fleet operators, Group Purchase Incentive of Rs 30,000 per vehicle to all legal entities that will make a one-time purchase of more than a certain number of EVs on top of other incentives/subsidies.
5. Additional road tax and pollution cess on all ICE vehicles after 2025.
Additional Provisions for EV Owners
1. Dedicated and free parking slots for EVs in government-owned parking spaces.
2. All commercial buildings, educational institutions and Resident Welfare Associations to provide reserved parking space for EVs with charging facilities.
3. New public parking lots to have 30% dedicated parking space for EVs
Incentives & Assistance for EV Charging
1. Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission has fixed Rs 4 per unit and Rs 100 as a fixed monthly charge on electricity bill for the public charging stations.
2. 30% subsidy on installation of home chargers
3. 15% subsidy (on total investment) for charging infrastructure companies to set up public charging stations
4. Dedicated lanes for EV charging in every sector of the city
5. All commercial buildings such as hotels, shopping malls and technology parks to provide charging spots
6. Amendment to building and construction laws to integrate charging infrastructure at the planning stage itself for all new constructions.
Battery Recycling Incentives
The policy seeks to incentivise battery recycling by providing Rs 2000 per passenger vehicle and Rs 20,000 per electric bus to battery recycling facility operators located in the city.
In addition to the above provisions, the city administration plans to organise EV parades and test drive events in the city to familiarise citizens with electric vehicles. The policy also mentions establishment of Centre of Excellence on Future Mobility and EV Skill Development Centre in the city to foster innovation in clean transportation and create required manpower for the industry.