Uttar Pradesh aims to be first state to deploy only EVs for govt departments

Uttar Pradesh government flung into action to convert ICE vehicles used in all government departments into electric vehicles in a phased manner by 203
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Uttar Pradesh aims to become the first state in India to fully convert government vehicles from ICE to electric-only by the end of this decade.
Uttar Pradesh aims to become the first state in India to fully convert government vehicles from ICE to electric-only by the end of this decade.

In a major push to promote sales and usage of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government has set a target and has flung into action to convert vehicles used in all government departments into EVs in a phased manner by 2030. For this, instructions have been given that all the government departments can purchase EVs on the basis of nomination even without tender, while the purchase of EVs can be spent more than the maximum limit as per the requirement. By achieving this target before 2030, Uttar Pradesh can become the first state in the country to have 100 per cent EV in government departments, informed the government through a release.

Notably, to encourage EV vehicles in the state, the government notified the Uttar Pradesh Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2022 on October 14.

Under this, the government has provided an exemption from tax and registration fees for three years on the purchase of EVs. At the same time, this exemption will be valid for five years on the purchase of EVs manufactured in the state.

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In the order issued by Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, all the departments and institutions working under them have been instructed to convert 100 per cent of vehicles into EVs by 2030 as per the EV policy.

It has also been said that EV vehicles should be purchased on the basis of nomination without tender and the prevailing upper limit on the purchase of vehicles for official events should be relaxed.

According to an official of the Uttar Pradesh Transport Department, since government vehicles were till now procured through tenders on the GeM portal, EV companies are not registered with it. That is why a provision has been made in the policy that EVs can be purchased from government agencies like Rajasthan Electronics Instrument Ltd. (REIL) and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) etc on the basis of nomination without tender.

At the same time, since electric vehicles are currently more expensive than petrol-diesel, the government has also given relaxation on the upper maximum expenditure limit on the purchase of vehicles.

The Chief Secretary has also instructed all the departments that EVs should also be included in the advance given by the state government for vehicles to the employees working in government departments.

Along with this, it has been said that the department should ensure action on this within the stipulated time. This step has also been taken to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.

It may be noted that all state governments make an advance payment to their officers and employees for purchasing motor vehicles, scooters or bikes, which the officer or employee must return within the stipulated time. This advance amount is prescribed separately for buying a car, scooter or bike.

To promote EVs in UP, the Yogi government has decided to give up to 100 per cent exemption on road tax and registration fees for three years.

This calculation of three years will be done from October 14, 2022

If a person buys electric vehicles made in UP, he will get a rebate of up to five years.

Discounts are also being given by the Central Government on EVs.

The State Government's rebate will be separate from the Central Government's subsidy. Due to the exemption from the central and state government, the prices of two-wheelers are likely to be reduced by 20,000 and the cost of cars by about 1 lakh.

As per the government policy in UP, a 15 per cent subsidy will be given on the factory price of the EV.

With infrastructure development, incentives and the introduction of new electric vehicle models from the government, EV sales in the country are expected to grow in the remaining period of the current decade. Also, two-wheelers and three-wheelers are likely to dominate this sale.

First Published Date: 19 Apr 2023, 15:40 PM IST
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