670 Electric Buses and 241 Charging Stations Sanctioned Under FAME Scheme

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The government of India had announced an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore. This fund is allocated for the faster adoption and manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles (FAME)

In a big push towards electric mobility, the Government has sanctioned 670 new electric buses. These have been sancyioned for the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh and 241 Charging Stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair. The new sanctions come under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme.

“Happy to announce sanction of 670 Ebuses in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat & Chandigarh & 241 Charging Stations in MP, TN, Kerala, Gujarat & Port Blair under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme.T his is in line with PM Narendra Modi ji’s vision to push for eco-friendly public transportation,” read a recent tweet posted by Union Heavy Industries minister, Prakash Javadekar.

Under the FAME II scheme, the government of India had announced an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore. This fund is allocated for the faster adoption and manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles in order to boost electric mobility and increase the number of electric vehicles in commercial fleets.

About 2,80,987 hybrid and electric vehicles supported till March 2019

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In the first phase of the FAME scheme upto 31 March 2019, about 2,80,987 hybrid and electric vehicles were supported by way of demand incentive, amounting to about Rs 359 crore. Further, DHI sanctioned 425 electric and hybrid buses to various cities in the country with total cost of about Rs 280 crore.

The department of heavy industry had also sanctioned 520 charging Stations for Rs 43 Crore (approx.) in cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh, Jaipur and NCR of Delhi under Phase-I of FAME-India Scheme.

At present, Phase-II of FAME India Scheme is being implemented for a period of 3 years w.e.f. First April, 2019 with a total budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore.

This phase focuses on supporting electrification of public and shared transportation and aims to support, through subsidies, approximately 7000 e-buses, five lakh e-three wheelers, 55000 e-four wheeler passenger cars and 10 lakh e-two wheelers. In addition, creation of charging infrastructure is also supported to address the anxiety among users of electric vehicles.

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