With the pollution becoming a major problem in India, state governments are proposing various ways to reduce the emission from vehicles. In a similar step taken by Principal Secretary of Transport of Kerala, K.R. Jyothilal has said that the state is planning to limit the registration period of motor vehicles to ten years. To promote the use of electric vehicles, the government is planning to provide unlimited years of registration to electric vehicles.
Mr Jyothilal further said that the charging points at all the petrol pumps would be made mandatory in the near future to promote the e-mobility. Also, all the conventional vehicles will have to switch over to electric, CNG or LNG within the next five years.
This will be one of the major steps to promote electric vehicles in India. In Delhi-NCR, all diesel vehicles are allowed to operate only till 10 years after registration, and petrol vehicles are allowed to operate 15 years after registration. However, no steps have been taken in the national capital region to promote the use of electric vehicles as of now.
The transport secretary has also asked the oil companies and stakeholders to exploit this opportunity to switch over from the investing in the fossil fuel arms to electric charging stations. He has also asked everyone to look for any opportunity to look for the opportunity to use hydrogen as a fuel in the future.
What we don’t know yet
When will the rule come into effect? It is not yet known when the new rules will be implemented in Kerala. The final rule may become quite different from the proposal.
What about old and already registered vehicles? Unclear. We do not know whether the new proposal would affect petrol and diesel vehicles that are already registered.
Is this final? No. Let us hope it was basically an intention that was announced and no final decision has been taken. There is enough time to build public opinion and pressure against this decision, we think.
The central government earlier said that the sale of conventionally powered vehicles would be banned in India from 2030. However, the rule was then overturned after protests from the manufacturers. Currently, the central government is working to make new policies to promote electric vehicles in India and introduce subsidies to bring the cost down.
The Indian market currently does not get a wide choice for Electric Vehicles. Mahindra is currently the only manufacturer that offers the full electric vehicles in the market. Soon, Tata will launch its products in the market too. Even international manufacturers like Hyundai and Nissan are planning to launch electric vehicles in the Indian market later this year, which will give a wide range of choices to the customers.
The electric charging infrastructure in India is missing. One of the major reasons of the EVs not popular is the charging stations on the highways and inside the city limits. However, plans for setting up electric vehicle charging stations have come up on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway and soon we may see similar updates from the different corners of the country.