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Gadkari has informed the Lok Sabha that Uttar Pradesh has a number of 1.39 lakh registered e-vehicles. In Delhi, there are nearly 75,600 registered electric vehicles.
India currently has nearly four lakh registered electric or battery operated vehicles and half of them are in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, according to road transport ministry’s data. Most of these vehicles are said to be e-rickshaws and e-carts, which got legal status after Parliament passed a law in March 2015 to recognise these as motor vehicles.
In an official written reply, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari has informed the Lok Sabha that Uttar Pradesh has a number of 1.39 lakh registered e-vehicles. In Delhi, there are nearly 75,600 registered electric vehicles. Karnataka has the third highest number of registered electric vehicles and Maharashtra comes next. Assam also has a high number of registered e-vehicles among all north-eastern states and more than many states in north, south and western India.
According to the sources, the actual number of electric vehicles in these states would be much more than the official figure. This is because thousands of e-rickshaws in the country have been operating without registration. Despite the transport ministry in August 2016 coming out with a notification exempting e-rickshaws and e-carts from obtaining commercial permits, there are many e-rickshaws that move freely without registration. This was done considering that these are “affordable” mode of transport for last mile connectivity in cities and also in rural areas.
In its bid to promote electric vehicles, the transport ministry in October 2018 also came out with the notification granting an exemption to battery operated commercial vehicles and those running on ethanol and methanol from the requirements of permits.
Gadkari also said that his ministry has proposed exemption of registration fee for EVs to promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles in the country and it has sought comments and objections from all stakeholders before taking a final decision.
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