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Govt of Karnataka plans to set up EV clusters with help of stakeholders

The Government of Karnataka aiming to set up electric vehicle clusters with the help of stakeholders.

Gunjan Krishna, director of industries and commerce, government of Karnataka reportedly said, “We are looking at creating an EV cluster to promote entrepreneurs in this space. When people are in a cluster, they can take advantage of economies of scale, logistics and support in one place and we invite you to be part of this group.”

Krishna further explained that some of the initiatives the state government is working on include re-skilling, testing centre, incubation centre and centre of excellence. Further, once the government is ready it will provide 600 acres of land around Bengaluru to build an EV cluster apart from incentivising them.

“We are in a period if you move from your ICE to EV or to any other alternative technology, the skill set required for is different. There has to be a shift and it has to be managed. As a government, it’s our duty to ensure that it goes smoothly,” she added.

Krishna further explained that the government is working on charging infrastructure. She explained that Bescom is coming out with 600 charging stations for the state and 100 of them will be installed in Bengaluru.

The state government is also looking towards grid expansion to make sure it is robust enough to provide for EV.

On the other hand, Minister Of Road Transport And Highways, Nitin Gadkari had said that India has 3.97 Lakh registered electric/battery operated vehicles as of July 9.
The details showed that Uttar Pradesh has the highest registered e-vehicles i.e. 1.39 Lakh. It was followed by Delhi and Karnataka at 75.7K and 31.94K respectively.
Also read: Tata Motors plans to launch 500 public EV charging stations by 2021
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