Officials and state firms under the power, coal, renewable energy and mines ministries will start using electric vehicles, catalysing the governments plan to make zero-emission cars popular, informed Piyush Goyal.
The government has already prepared guidelines for fast-charging stations for e-vehicles, while for buses, the plan is to have a system of swapping a used battery with a charged one, he informed ET.
Work has already begun to prepare tenders to buy the vehicles. State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will soon invite bids for bulk supply of electric cars and other vehicles for its ministries and public sector undertakings located in Delhi.
The government is coming out with guidelines for tenders seeking procurement of electrical city buses without batteries. The entire e-vehicles programme would be without any subsidy and push further the Make in India programme.
Goyal stated that the programme will make e-vehicles affordable than the conventional vehicles and people will automatically shift to electrical vehicles.
By Baishakhi Dutta