Kerala EV Policy – Summary

Status of Policy – Final

Release in – Mar 2019

Vision of Kerala EV Policy

  1. Support the national commitment to reduce GHG emissions
  2. Improving the air quality, especially in the cities
  3. Promoting shared mobility and clean transportation
  4. Balancing of peak and off-peak power demand for the electric utility
  5. Operational efficiency and savings for the transport utility (KSRTC) as well as the transport sector
  6. Strategic intent to boost hardware and software manufacturers in the State

The policy outlines special incentives and concessions to attract investments in EV manufacturing and infrastructure, which includes:

Kerala has targeted an EV plan which aims at rolling 1 million electric vehicles by 2022 including:

  • 3,000 buses
  • 2 lakh two-wheelers
  • 50,000 three-wheelers
  • 1,000 goods carriers
  • 100 ferries as part of the pilot fleet.
  • The government will build the charging infrastructure with the NTPC and Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EESL).
  • Besides the plan of launching electric vehicle fleet, Kerala Government is also planning to create E-mobility zones in tourist spots including Kovalam, Munnar and Bekal alongside the Secretariat, Technopark and Infopark.

ROADMAP – Government has planned following phases to make e-mobility a reality in the state.

  1. Pilot phase:
    • KSRTC buses on pilot routes.
    • Aggressive procurement of EVs for the State Govt. use
    • Identify electric four-wheeler fleets – CIAL taxis, Govt. fleets
    • Kochi metro Feeder vehicles go electric
    • Establish a nucleus of charging and swapping stations
    • Charging and swapping stations for pilot bus routes
    • Launch awareness campaign
    • Set up EV Mission
    • Set up EV promotion fund
    • Set up ‘Directorate of Mobility’ & ‘State Mobility Fund’
  1. Scale-up phase:
    • Bouquet of incentives for market-based action
    • Expand routes for e-Buses
    • Promote electrification of all paratransit, 2-wheeler delivery vehicles and small freight vehicles
  1. Self-propelled phase:
    • Withdraw bouquet of incentives and tighten regulations for only EV registration and operation

Link to Policy Document

Kerala Draft EV Policy 2018

Karan Bhatia

EV enthusiast and electronics engineer from Vellore Institute of Technology. Currently working as an Embedded engineer at Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen.

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