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Big boost for electric vehicles as Centre okays FAME scheme extension

The country has sufficient capacity at present to meet the current requirement

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Electric car
Electric car. Photo: Reuters

With a view to provide impetus to of hybrid and (collectively termed as XEVs), the of approved the Mission on Electric in 2011 and subsequently Electric Mission Plan 2020 was unveiled in 2013.

This Mission Plan has been designed mainly considering the Fuel Security and in the country.

In order to promote manufacturing of hybrid and and ensure sustainable growth of the same and as a follow up of the mission, Department of Heavy Industry has formulated a namely FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and in India) for the initial period of two years starting from April 1st 2015 (Phase-1).

In addition, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power has informed that Ministry of Power has also notified the fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars which provide super credits for electric vehicles.

As per the Gazette Notification of FAME Scheme, the shall be reviewed appropriately based on the outcome and experience gained in the Phase I of this

The Phase I of FAME Scheme, which was initially for a period of two years commencing from 1st April 2015, has however been extended for a period of six months till 30th September 2017, with slight modification to the extent of discontinuation of the available benefits to the Mild Hybrid under the scheme with effect from April 1st 2017.

Ministry of Power informed that the Electric Vehicles and Plug-in need to draw electricity from the grid for charging of their batteries used for powering them. The country has sufficient capacity at present to meet the current requirement.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

First Published: Tue, July 25 2017. 17:19 IST