For a Sustainable Future: AP to get 10 lakh electric vehicles in 5 years

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Government of Andhra Pradesh could be the first state government in India to ban registration of petrol and diesel cars in the state by 2024 and focus on promotion of electric vehicle in the state.

The state is planning to have at least 10 lakh electric vehicles on roads in the next 5 years and believes that its policy to introduce Electric Vehicles manufacturing will go a long way in decreasing pollution and promote sustainable living in the new state. 
Apart from being the first state to have an Electric Vehicles Policy, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu also has announced to stop ICE car registration in the state which will be implemented in the state’s capital, Amaravati. The new EV policy aims to attract an investment of Rs. 30,000 crore and the government has announced a state grant of Rs. 500 Crore for EV research and development. Andhra Pradesh government is also hoping to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads of Amaravati by 2024. 
Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, said, “Industry needs a clear direction and MSME will invest only if there is a clear is a clear policy. Green number plates for electric vehicles, no permits for three-wheelers are a good move, we just need to implement the national and state EV policy it in action and I'm sure Andhra will have 1 million EVs in by 2024.” 
He further added that the public transport and fleet operators need to shift to EVs before personal buyers get into it. “Three-wheelers moving to electric will benefit both riders and users. It is economically viable for giving more savings and benefitting environment with zero-emissions.”
Meanwhile, the state government is also working towards converting the entire fleet of APSRTC vehicles into electric vehicles. All government vehicles will also be converted to electric vehicles by 2024. The government also plans to set up 1 lakh slow and fast EV charging stations by 2024. 
“It was a pleasure to be part of the very stimulating Andhra Energy Innovation Summit 2019 in Vijayawada. An important forum for discussing the many ways in which AP will position itself in the global Energy sector, the summit also put forth ideas that can help us achieve SDGs,” the Chief Minister said, speaking at the Energy Innovation Summit 2019 held in the state.

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