Government launches National Electric Mobility Mission Plan

The government today announced the launch of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, which seeks to support the creation of necessary eco system for promoting electric mobility, a frontier technology, so as to make it a self-sustaining business in the future.

The measures include providing initial impetus through demand support measures that facilitate faster consumer acceptance of these expensive newer vehicles. In addition, the government will also facilitate automotive R&D and put in place charging infrastructure.

The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan announced today, envisages new sales of 6-7 million units of a range of electric vehicles, which would result in liquid fuel savings of 2.2 – 2.5 million tonnes by 2020.

This will also result in substantial lowering of vehicular emissions and decrease in carbon di-oxide emissions by 1.3 to 1.5 per cent in 2020 compared to the status quo scenario at present.

It is estimated that the government will have to provide support to the tune of Rs13,000-14,000 crore over the next 5-6 years. The industry will also need to match this with a much larger investment for developing the products and creating the manufacturing eco-system, an official release said today.

The NEMMP 2020, the mission document for the NMEM that was approved by the National Council for Electric Mobility (NCEM) on 29 August 2012, sets the vision, lays the targets and provides the joint government-industry vision for realising the huge potential that exists for a full range of efficient and environment-friendly electric vehicle (including hybrid) technologies by 2020.