EV industry wary of next FAME?
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.”