Five companies have come forward to manufacture e-autos and e-rickshaws in Kerala as part of the electric vehicle revolution. All companies have made their first model. They will be launched by the beginning of 2020. This is in addition to the government initiative Kerala Automobile Limited.
Permission has been sought from the Transport Commissioner to launch 25 models of e-auto and e-rickshaws in Kerala. According to the Electric Motor Vehicle Act, permission of the state authorities is required to launch small electric vehicles, because e-auto and e-rickshaw do not require road permit.
In addition to the State’s permit, registration in Vahan site of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is also required. The road permit can be sought only after getting license of five central government institutions, including Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT).
At present, companies like Shigan, Mayuri, Kinetic, Mahindra, Hooghly and Victory have introduced e-autos and e-rickshaws in Kerala. Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) has launched a new model. Battery manufacturing company Hykon also has announced an e-auto.
The major crisis is the lack of common charging stations. The government has made it clear that e-auto and e-rickshaw do not require road permit. Normally, permit is considered while allowing parking places in public places. At present, no order has been issued stating that permit is not required. With this, the e-autos are not allowed to park in stands.