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Tamil Nadu amends policy to enable registration of e-autorickshaws, e-taxis

Earlier, permits were not being issued to battery-operated passenger vehicles and passenger vehicles driven on methanol or ethanol fuel

Most of the women e-rickshaw drivers associated with Humsafar are aged between 25 and 40

Registration of EVs plying as passenger transport, like e-auto-rickshaws, e-taxis, and EV buses will now commence in Tamil Nadu (Representative image)

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At a roundtable organised by Guidance Tamil Nadu on June 16, members of the EV industry had highlighted the issue to the minister for industries TRB Rajaa. “The minister immediately requested the intervention of Chief Minister M K Stalin, who instructed that appropriate orders be issued at the earliest for facilitative regulation to make battery-operated shared passenger vehicles operating on the ground,” said a government statement.

Following this, an order in this regard was issued by the principal secretary of the transport department on June 28. This is likely to facilitate the expansion of EV fleets in Tamil Nadu. “This amendment will enable the government to implement its Electric Vehicle Policy 2023 by accelerating the adoption of EVs in Tamil Nadu. Based on feedback from the industry, we are also working on improving EV charging infra across Tamil Nadu. All these steps are sure to significantly drive up the demand for EV vehicles in the state,” Rajaa said.

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First Published: Jun 29 2023 | 9:41 PM IST

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