Chandigarh: Finally, E – Vehicle Policy Rolled Out! Everything You Need To Know!!

Finally! The Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy has been implemented by the UT Administration. Moreover, in addition to offering incentives to EV consumers, the UT will stop the registration of two and three-wheelers powered by ICE from 2024–2025.

Banwarilal Purohit, the UT Administrator, approved the Electric Vehicle Policy 2022, which aims to turn Chandigarh into a “Model EV City” by having zero emission cars (ZEV) by the end of the five-year policy period. The regulation is now in effect without delay.

The administration will ensure the registration of a minimum of 35% electric two-wheelers (e-2W) as well as the three-wheelers (e-3W) in 2022–2023, 70% in 2023–2024, and a further 100% from 2024–2025 in an effort to gradually phase out the two- and three-wheelers running on ICE.

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According to Mr. Dharam Pal, the UT Adviser, registration of two-wheelers and three-wheelers powered by ICE will stop when its percentage reaches 65% (2022-23), which will be determined based on the total number of vehicles registered during the previous year. Furthermore, once the percentage of registered vehicles using fossil fuels exceeds 30% in 2023–2024, registrations for those vehicles will no longer be accepted.

Reportedly, the UT administration has set a target of 100% registration of new electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers (goods), e-cars (commercial), and e-buses by the end of five years, with 50% registration of e-cars for personal use, in order to accelerate the promotion of EVs in the UT so that these contribute to 80% of new vehicle registrations by the end of the policy period. 

Additionally, the UT has provided incentives ranging from ₹3,000 to ₹2 lakh for a limited number of vehicles of various kinds during the policy term in addition to a full remission of the registration cost and road tax to entice buyers to purchase EVs. 

Moreover, the vehicles bought and registered in the first year of the policy period will also receive a special early bird discount. The policy will aid in developing charging infrastructure across all industries. A total of 100 public charging stations will be placed in the city during the first two years of the policy’s duration. In the city, nine fast-charging stations have already been set-up, and 44 more will be installed within the next several months.

Reportedly, the cost for the general public, including all taxes, for slow or medium charging would be Rs 8 per unit, Rs 10 per unit for fast charging, and for battery changing it would be Rs 11 per unit. 

Here’s the list of the fast charging stations:

• Parking area beside GMSH-16

• Community Hall, Sector 9

• Public parking area, Sector 24-A

• Government College, Sector 50

• Palm Garden, Sector 42

• Botanical Garden, Sarangpur

• Japanese Garden (Part 1), Sector 31

• Japanese Garden (Part 2), Sector 31

• Lake Parking, Sector 42

The incentives for vehicles bought and registered in Chandigarh, according to Science and Technology Secretary Mr. Debendra Dalai, will be given directly to the owners of the vehicles. The registered owners of electric vehicles, according to Mr. Dalai, will also be qualified for a scrapping incentive. This will only be valid if the scrapped car has Chandigarh registration and belongs to the same vehicle category as the electric car.

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