Over 13 lakh electric vehicles in use in India


India has a total of 13, 34, 385 electric vehicles and 27,81,69,631 non-electric vehicle in use.

Following steps have been taken by the Government to promote the use of electric vehicles in India including Maharashtra, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Lakshadweep State/UT :

1)         The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme in 2015 with an aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuel and to address issues of vehicular emissions. At present, Phase-II of FAME India Scheme is being implemented for a period of 5 years w.e.f. 01stApril, 2019 with a total budgetary support of INR 10,000 crore.

2)         The Government on 12th May, 2021 approved a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for manufacturing of advanced chemistry cell (ACC) in the country in order to bring down prices of battery in the country. Drop in battery price will result in cost reduction of electric vehicles.

3)         Electric vehicles are covered under Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for automobile and auto components, which was approved on 15th September 2021 with a budgetary outlay of INR 25,938 crore for a period of five years.

4)         GST on electric vehicles has been reduced from 12% to 5%; GST on chargers/ charging stations for electric vehicles has been reduced from 18% to 5%.

5)         Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) announced that battery-operated vehicles will be given green license plates and be exempted from permit requirements.

6)         MoRTH issued a notification advising states to waive road tax on EVs, which in turn will help reduce the initial cost of EVs.