EV in­dus­try wary of next FAME?

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The So­ci­ety of Man­u­fac­tur­ers of Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles (SMEV) has ex­pressed con­cern to NITI Aayog about the con­fu­sion per­tain­ing to the con­ti­nu­ity of Faster Adop­tion and Man­u­fac­tur­ing of Elec­tric ve­hi­cles (FAME) scheme an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment in 2014. In­dus­try sources claim that the EV mis­sion has been moved from DHI to Niti Aayog. SMEV di­rec­tor So­hin­der Gill is known to say that this has led to a con­fu­sion and un­cer­tainty on the fate and tim­ing of the next phase of FAME. The cur­rent phase is said to end in Septem­ber 2017. Look­ing for an as­sur­ance from the gov­ern­ment on the con­ti­nu­ity in the EV mis­sion, the EV in­dus­try wants to be fore­warned of any di­lu­tion or change at least a year in ad­vance. Draw­ing at­ten­tion to the gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to pro­mote elec­tric ve­hi­cles, Gill said that the min­istry’s New and Re­new­able En­ergy (MNRE) mis­sion aims at set­ting up Lithium Bat­tery swap­ping sta­tions for three-wheel­ers across the coun­try. Un­der the cur­rent FAME scheme, he averred, “45000 EVs have been sold till March 2017. Of th­ese, 5000 units ac­count for elec­tric cars. Elec­tric two wheel­ers ac­count for 40,000 num­bers. The rest ac­count for the sale of three wheel­ers.”

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