- The state government will provide support to establish these EV chargers at fuel stations
- The CM plans to mandate EVs for new tourist vehicles from January 2024
Goa’s Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, is heading an initiative to electrify the state’s transportation landscape. In an unprecedented move, he has called upon oil companies to enhance their fuel stations by incorporating electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. During a high-stakes meeting with industry leaders, Sawant unveiled ambitious plans to bolster the state’s EV infrastructure.
Sawant mentioned that he had held a meeting with representatives from oil companies to discuss green energy. He emphasized that wherever they have fuel stations, they could install charging points, with the state government offering its support. He unveiled resolved charging rates for customers, coupled with plans for public-private collaboration to supercharge EV adoption.
The Chief Minister’s timeline includes making EVs mandatory for all new tourist vehicles from January next year and compelling all government departments to procure EVs starting in January 2024. Sawant underscored the Indian government’s dedication to promoting electric mobility and crafting a robust domestic EV manufacturing ecosystem.
To speed up the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), people who own many tourist taxis and rental bike/cab businesses must change 30% of their vehicles to EVs by June 2024. To help this change happen, Goa has introduced two important policies: the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy 2021 and the EV Concessional Charging Infrastructure Policy 2021.
Prominent leaders in the industry praised Sawant’s actions, seeing how they can help make Goa more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Experts believe this move will not just change how people get around but also inspire other regions to do the same.
Sawant’s plan fits well with the Indian government’s bigger goals for electric vehicles. By encouraging more people to use EVs and helping local manufacturing, Goa isn’t just changing; it’s moving towards a cleaner and more sustainable future with electricity.
(This article is assisted by Chat GPT)