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Second phase of FAME India scheme will focus on developing EV infrastructure

The government plans to support through subsidies 7,000 e-buses, five lakh e-three-wheelers, 55,000 e-four-wheeler passenger cars and 10 lakh e-two-wheelers
New Delhi: Under the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) scheme, the government is aiming to support the electrification of public and shared transportation over the next three years, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant said on Tuesday.

Govt support to 7,000 e-buses, 5 lakh three-wheelers in next 3 yrs

While responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Sawant said that the government plans to support through subsidies 7,000 e-buses, five lakh e-three-wheelers, 55,000 e-four-wheeler passenger cars and 10 lakh e-two-wheelers to provide affordable and environment-friendly public transportation options for the masses. The Centre had notified the second phase of FAME India Scheme on March 8 this year. The phase will stretch over a period of three years and has commenced from April 1. It has a total budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore.

Phase II will focus on developing infrastructure

Sawant said that the second phase of the scheme will focus on the creation of charging infrastructure in selected cities and along major highways to address range anxiety among users of electric vehicles. As of now, five automobile manufacturers have registered to avail benefits of the scheme.

BHEL has two projects under the scheme

State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been roped in by the government for developing EV charging infrastructure in two locations out of a total of six projects funded under the scheme. BHEL is setting up solar-based charging stations along Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Highway and within the premises of Udyog Bhavan.

What was the outcome of FAME Phase I?

In the first phase of the scheme, the government supported nearly 2.78 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles with a total demand incentive of approximately Rs 343 crore for purchase. Additionally, 465 buses were also sanctioned for various cities and states under the FAME India scheme. The phase was initially supposed to last for a period of two years and had commenced on April 1, 2015. However, the government okayed several extensions, with the final one sanctioned on March 31 this year. The phase saw its implementation through four focus areas — demand creation, technology platform, pilot project and charging infrastructure, Sawant said. “The Phase-I aimed at market creation through demand incentives for several vehicle segments like two-wheelers, three-wheelers auto, passenger four-wheeler vehicles, light commercial vehicles and buses,” Sawant said.