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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) policy

Government has broken down the incentives program into several divisions for both battery operated and/or hybrid models. Here are the details:
  • Rs 1800 to Rs 29,000 for Two Wheelers
  • Rs 3300 to Rs 61,000 for Three Wheelers
  • Rs 1.3 Rs 1.38 Lakh for Four Wheelers
  • Rs 17,000 to Rs 1.87 Lakh for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)
  • Rs 34 Lakh to Rs 66 Lakh for Buses
In order to be transparent, Minister Geete also provided a details breakdown of the usage of Rs 795 crore budget which will be spent in the next 2 years:

Components of the scheme 2015-16 2016-17
Technology Platform(Including testing infrastructure) Rs 70 cr. Rs 120 cr.
Demand Incentives Rs 155 cr. Rs 340 cr.
Charging Infrastructure Rs 10 cr. Rs 20 cr.
Pilot Projects Rs 20 cr. Rs 50 cr.
IEC/Operations Rs 5 cr. Rs 5 cr.
Total (Rs.) Rs 260 cr. Rs 535 cr.
Grand Total (Rs.) Rs 795 cr.

On Technology Platform the Minister said one of the prime focus area under the scheme is to develop indigenous technology and R&D capability to develop and manufacture the entire range of electric components and sub-systems necessary for hybrid and electric vehicles. He said the Technology Advisory Group on Electric Mobility (TAG-EM) under the Co-chairmanship of Shri Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, DHI and Prof. Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras with senior members from the DST, Industry and Academia has been set up which is steering various initiatives in this field. 

The minister said Four Sub-Groups have been set up on vehicle system integration, motors and controllers and power electronics; batteries and battery management system and charging infrastructure.  In each of these areas centres of excellence (COE) are being set up to provide the required thrust and short-term, outcome oriented results.

He said a number of R&D projects have already been initiated by DHI, for example - development of off-line and real-time simulators for Xevs systems, design development for light weight vehicles, technology for solid state lithium ion battery and COE for motors etc.

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