Te­lan­gana plans e-vehicle pol­icy

Business Standard - - ECONOMY - DASARATH REDDY

Te­lan­gana is com­ing up with a pol­icy, backed by nec­es­sary in­cen­tives, to pro­mote man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs), EV bat­ter­ies and bat­tery charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“Over the past four-five months, we have been work­ing on a com­pre­hen­sive pol­icy for EVs. We are very close to giv­ing it a fi­nal shape,” Jayesh Ran­jan, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, in­dus­tries and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment, said on Fri­day. In­cen­tives would also be ex­tended to buy­ers of EVs in the state, ac­cord­ing to him.

The state gov­ern­ment aims to use Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s EV drive to make up for some of the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in the au­to­mo­bile sec­tor, in­clud­ing Kia Mo­tors’ re­cent de­ci­sion to set up plant in Andhra Pradesh, to be­come an au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing hub to cre­ate jobs.

Ran­jan said they have been in touch with a cou­ple of global bat­tery man­u­fac­tur­ers and au­to­mo­bile play­ers who have big plans for EV foray, such as Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra, to build an ecosys­tem for EVs in the state. Mahin­dra cur­rently pro­duces trac­tors, SUVs and small trucks at its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Te­lan­gana.

Se­nior of­fi­cials in the gov­ern­ment are also said to be in touch with Amer­i­can elec­tric car­maker Tesla to make the state a man­u­fac­tur­ing base for In­dia.

As a to­ken of its com­mit­ment to­wards eco-friendly ve­hi­cles, Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment has de­cided to al­low only EVs to take care of last-mile trans­port at all sta­tions on the 30-km phase-I stretch of Hy­der­abad Metro Rail, which is likely to start op­er­a­tions from Novem­ber 2017. As a pos­si­ble value ad­di­tion to the gov­ern­ment’s up­com­ing pol­icy in­cen­tives, Hy­der­abad start-up in­cu­ba­tion centre, T-Hub, on Fri­day launched an in­no­va­tion and R&D ver­ti­cal in EV space, called Smart Mo­bil­ity and Trans­porta­tion Clus­ter.

A White Pa­per re­leased by T-Hub and Carnegie In­dia sug­gested tech­nolo­gies such as smart grid, smart com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­net of things have tremen­dous po­ten­tial as a value ad­di­tion to dif­fer­en­ti­ate EVs from tra­di­tional ve­hi­cles. Fea­tures such as in­tel­li­gent charg­ing so­lu­tions, vehicle-tove­hi­cle com­mu­ni­ca­tion, op­ti­mised power dis­tri­bu­tion, self­di­ag­no­sis and re­mote ser­vices could sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance the user ex­pe­ri­ence for EVs, it said.

Se­nior of­fi­cials in the Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment are said to be in touch with US elec­tric car­maker Tesla

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