Buying EV in Mumbai? Here's all you need to know before driving on battery power

As options among electric vehicles gradually increase, the support infrastructure too is at the cusp of expanding.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 15 Aug 2022, 10:08 AM
File photo use for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo use for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo use for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo use for representational purpose.

The world is fast embracing electric vehicles (EVs) and India too is gradually transitioning towards mobility options that are powered by battery. While the Indian EV story is being largely scripted by demand in the the two and three-wheeler space, options in the passenger vehicle segment has also been increasing gradually. It is a well-recognized fact, however, that the major thrust for and towards EVs would come from urban parts of the country because of the need for supporting infrastructure. And in this regard, Maharashtra wants to play a lead role.

The updated Maharashtra EV policy was announced in July of 2021 and aims to take EVs to the masses by making the options more accessible and by strengthening the support infrastructure. While data from Federation of Automobile Dealers Association show that Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka are the leading states in terms of EV sales, Maharashtra is poised to catch up.

HT Auto graphic.
HT Auto graphic.
HT Auto graphic.
HT Auto graphic.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Tata Tigor Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Tigor Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹11.99 - 13.14 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Altroz Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Altroz Ev
₹12 - 15 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹13.99 - 16.85 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev (HT Auto photo)
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev
₹14 - 16 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev Prime (HT Auto photo)
Tata  Nexon Ev Prime
30.2 kWh | Electric | Automatic | 312 Km
₹14.99 - 17.5 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Nexon Ev Max (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev Max
Electric | Automatic
₹17.74 - 19.24 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

The Challenges

The Maharashtra EV policy recognizes that when compared to other states, EV adoption here has been slower. It outlines four primary reasons for this - high upfront price of EVs, lack of products comparable to conventional vehicles, inadequate public charging infrastructure and low levels of awareness.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

Now while these factors are a challenge in most parts of the country, there is a stated focus on addressing the crucial aspects of infrastructure and awareness, even as pricing potentially falls with mass-scale production.

The Objectives

Maharashtra is aiming to ensure that 10 per cent of all vehicle registrations in the state by 2025 are for EVs. It may be easier said than done but there's a plan outlined. Of all buses under Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, 15 per cent would be converted to electric. The state also wants to be the country's top manufacturer for battery electric vehicles or BEVs. Subsidy for purchase of electric two-wheelers and electric cars - based on battery capacity - have also been announced under the EV policy. This ranges from anywhere between 5,000 to incentives worth 1.5 lakh, depending on factors such as battery capacity and model.

The Support

Awareness around the benefits of an EV or simply buying an EV won't be enough to take the technology to the masses. Support infrastructure is crucial. And while taking the new infrastructure across the large expanse of the country in unlikely to happen with speed, the urban centers are in prime focus for now. Mumbai welcomed its first public EV-charging station last year which can power 72 vehicles each day. It is located in Kohinoor building parking lot in Dadar West.

Tata Power has also collaborated with the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) for as many as 5,000 planned charging points across Mumbai.

Home charging points are also being established and while housing societies may not immediately warm up to the idea, this is where the awareness drives would most likely make a difference.

First Published Date: 15 Aug 2022, 10:08 AM IST
Recommended For You
View All

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city