Modi Govt Deploys Over 1,500 Electric Cars For Various Govt Departments In 49 CitiesElectric vehicles in Bengaluru (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Under the e-Mobility programme, around 1,590 electric vehicles (EV) have been deployed or under deployment in more than 160 central and state government departments in 49 cities.

These electric cars are being given on a lease or outright purchase basis to replace the existing petrol and diesel vehicles taken on lease earlier.

This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar in Rajya Sabha on Monday (9 August).

Convergence Energy Services Limited, a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), concluded the procurement of various categories of electric cars through an international competitive bidding process.

CESL is also developing EV charging infrastructure and has signed MoUs with multiple stakeholders across municipalities, DISCOMs for location assessment study, and charging infrastructures in their jurisdiction location. Till now, CESL has installed 301 EV chargers across India.

Thirteen states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Gujarat and West Bengal have approved or notified dedicated EV policies to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 is a national mission document providing the vision and the roadmap for the faster adoption of electric vehicles and their manufacturing in the country.

This plan was designed to enhance national fuel security, provide affordable and environmentally friendly transportation, and enable the Indian automotive industry to achieve global manufacturing leadership.

Under phase-II of the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India) scheme, the government has sanctioned 2,877 EV charging stations with Rs 500 crore in 68 cities across 25 states and union territories.

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