Maharashtra News:Maharashtra government aims to increase the share of electric vehicles ensuring that at least by 10% of all registered vehicles to be EVs by the year 2025, as per the Electric Vehicle Policy of 2021.
The policy draft made by Transport Minister Avinash Dhake, aims at electrification of 25% of intra-city public transport vehicles by 2025 in all major cities across Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Nashik. And, to convert 15% of 18,000 State RTC buses into electric vehicles in the next five years.
Mr. Dhake presented the plan of Maharashtra government for electrification in an online conference organised by Climate Voices made of three organisations, Purpose, Asar and Climate Trends in association with Maharashtra’s Environment and Climate Change Department’s Majhi Vasundhara initiative.
Mr. Dhake also said that the government aims to prepare four major highways and expressways for the entry of EVs by 2025. This includes the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, Mumbai-Nashik and Nashik-Pune highways that are under construction.
He also said that by April 2022, all new government vehicles as well will be electric under the draft policy. The share of all vehicles will be 5, 10 and 20 per cent for four, three and two wheelers. So, as per the targets fixed one Gigafactory for manufacturing batteries for the EVs will have to be set up in the state.
And, by 2025 1,500 charging stations for Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 500 stations for Pune, 500 stations for Nagpur, 150 stations for Nashik and 100 stations for Aurangabad are to be set up.