Government plans to waive registration charges for EVs

A draft notification issued by  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)  towards exempting electric vehicles from registration charges in an effort to boost electric mobility in India.

For now only the Mahindra eVerito is the only all electric car on sale for private use in India. If implemented, the move is expected to cover all categories of electric vehicles.

eVerito by Mahindra
eVerito by Mahindra

MG Motor India is lining up the eZS SUV for launch in December 2019 and recently announced EV will be manufactured at its facility in Halol, Gujarat.  Hyundai is gearing up to introduce the Hyundai Kona EV in India on July 9, 2019.

Dedicated EV parking slots
Dedicated EV parking slots

Other Models such as an electric version of the KUV100, which will replace it as Mahindra’s EV hatchback in early 2020, and the electric Wagon R are also in the pipeline adding on to the electric wagon.

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The whole objective of this proposal is  to give the much needed push towards electric car buying . It was looking to gain traction in the market by mandating sales of only electric three-wheelers from April 1, 2023 and April 1, 2025 for electric two-wheelers (below 150cc). The government’s think tank NITI Aayog has also suggested that sales of only electric vehicles are permitted after 2030.

Last year, MoRTH had announced that all electric vehicles will have a green registration plate, which enables easy identification. This allows for preferential treatment in parking and free entry in congested zones among other proposed benefits like concessional toll.