HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Maharashtra govt signed an MoU with the Indian arm of the USA-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in Glasgow amid the ongoing COP26 summit
  • The MoU has been signed to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Maharashtra
  • RMI India is expected to provide technical support for the implementation of the state’s recently launched EV Policy
  • The state’s new draft EV Policy 2021 aims to bring at least 1,46,000 new battery-operated electric vehicles (BEVs) on state roads by 2025

Earlier this week, amid the ongoing COP26 summit, the Maharashtra government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian arm of the USA-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in Glasgow. The MoU has been signed to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Maharashtra.

Sources claimed that RMI India is expected to provide technical support for the implementation of the state’s recently launched EV Policy. RMI India is an independent non-profit working on clean energy transitions in the country.

The state’s new draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021 aims to bring at least 1,46,000 new battery-operated electric vehicles (BEVs) on state roads by 2025. In addition, it also aims to incentivize the purchase of 1,00,000 electric two-wheelers, 15,000 e-autos, 10,000 cars, 20,000 goods carriers (both three and four-wheelers), and 1,000 e-buses.

Talking to the media, the officials informed that for each of the vehicle segments, incentives are likely to be funded by the green tax levied on polluting vehicles. Urban local bodies, in addition, will also provide rebates on property tax to residential establishments that set up EV charging infrastructure on their premises.

Reportedly, the policy targets that all upcoming residential complexes should have 20 percent of their parking spots dedicated for EVs by 2025.

The Cabinet minister for environment and climate change, Aaditya Thackeray cited that they look forward to furthering their partnership on electric mobility, ZEV, hydrogen fuel, and decarbonization of the transport and urban renewal sector. Meanwhile, the senior director of RMI India, Akshima Ghate said that the state had notified one of the most progressive sub-national EV policies. Presently, RMI India is implementing its City EV Accelerator platform in Pune.

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