With the interest around electric mobility growing in India, many States are preparing to adopt mass-scale electric mobility, with some wanting to take a lead. Chandigarh is soon to join the list of regions in India having their own EV policy. With this, Chandigarh becomes the latest entrant in the list of States who have either come out or have a draft EV policy, the others being Maharashtra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Bihar, among others.
The city is proposed to become a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development, and has already taken some steps to adopt electric mobility. The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has floated a tender for 40 electric buses and charging stations. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has fixed Rs 4 per unit and Rs 100 as a fixed monthly charge on electricity bill for the charging stations.
Chandigarh wants to become “one of the world’s leading clean vehicle cities” and also promote “R&D, innovation and skill development in (the) EV sector.” Towards achieving these objectives, the UT proposes the following:
- Only EVs to be registered in the city after 2030
- To have all-electric fleet of public buses by 2027
- To have all-electric government fleet by 2025
- To have all-electric rickshaws, corporate fleets, cabs and school buses / vans on road by 2030
- To install 1,000 public EV chargers by 2030
- Incentives for EV buyers
- Direct subsidy (only for first 3,000 buyers) of Rs 20,000 for buyers of electric two- and three- wheelers
- 100 per cent exemption in road tax and registration charges up to 2024 will be given on EV purchases
- Free insurance (for first 1,000 EV buyers in the city) for one year
- Dedicated free parking slots reserved for EVs in all government-owned parking spaces. In addition, all commercial buildings, education institutions and RWAs will be required to have reserved parking space for EVs with charging facilities
- 30 percent dedicated parking spaces for EVs in new public parking lots in the city
- Incentives and assistance for EV charging
The committee will look into measures to support the acceleration of EV uptake in Chandigarh; make a stakeholder group for procurement of EVs for government use; ensure that systems for charging and payment are as accessible and user-friendly as possible; propose a number of places on streets in the city where charging points for electric vehicles can be located without major disruption to road-users, street cleaning and waste collection services; and study best practices all around the world for deployment of EVs.