India has over 966,363 electric vehicles ( EVs) currently on roads, informed the Ministry of Heavy Industries in a press release.
Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of EVs at 276,217, followed by Delhi with 132,302 EVs, Karnataka with 82,046 EVs, Bihar with 64,241 EVs, Maharashtra with 58,815 EVS, Rajasthan with 53,141 EVs and Tamil Nadu with 50,296 EVS, according to the data available in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ e-vahan portal.
The least number of EVs are in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizorman with 20 EVs and Meghalaya with 28 EVs.
The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha said, the government with a purpose to promote adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles across the country, had launched Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme in 2015. Presently, Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme is being implemented for the next 5 years with effect from 1st April 2019 with total budgetary support of Rs. 10,000 crores.
With the intent to promote the adoption of electric vehicles across India, the government has launched the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for manufacturing of Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) to reduce the prices of batteries, which ultimately will result in cost reduction in EVs.
Moreover, EVs also come under Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for Automobile and Auto Components, which got approval on 15 September 2021 with budgetary spending of Rs 25,938 crore over five years.
Meanwhile, the GST on EVS has been slashed from 12% to 5%, also GST on chargers and charging stations for electric vehicles have been brought down to 5% from 18%.