The Union road transport and highways ministry has recommended green registration plates for electric vehicles (EVs) so as to identify them for preferential treatment, such as special parking or discounted tolls.
The ministry will soon issue a notification specifying the colour of the plates to be used by these vehicles, two senior government officials said on condition of anonymity to Hindustan Times.
According to the ministry’s proposal, while the registration plates of private electric vehicles will have a green background with numbers and letters in white, those of commercial electric vehicles will have a green background with numbers and letters in yellow, the officials added.
Federal think tank Niti Aayog, which is framing the draft policy for EVs, had recommended green registration plates for such vehicles. It has also constituted a team comprising seven ministries such as power, road and heavy industries to frame guidelines to promote such vehicles.
Having a different colour number plate will distinguish electric vehicles from other vehicles and will help if preferential treatment has to be given to such vehicles for parking facilities and tolling, said a road transport ministry official to HT.
Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, said to the English daily that the proposal to have green number plates for EVs is a good initiative considering that electric will be the future of mobility.