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UP To Become The Hub Of Electric Vehicles

“A ‘Centre of Excellence’ will be established at the earliest for the units of research and development, testing and certification in the electric vehicle industry.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that keeping in view needs of the future, it is necessary to encourage the use of electric vehicles instead of those using conventional fuels such as diesel and  petrol vehicles, which in turn can give a new dimension to the national economy.
 
“Our government has given directions for policy efforts to encourage manufacturing of electric vehicles in the state for a better future,” Yogi Adityanath said during the presentation of EVs by the Department of Infrastructure and Industrial Development.
 
Stating that the government would be providing all possible assistance to companies manufacturing EVs, he said proposals have been received from various international automobile companies for setting up an electric vehicle manufacturing unit in the state. We will be providing all possible help to the companies manufacturing EVs in the state. This will promote industrial investment in the state,” he said.

“A ‘Centre of Excellence’ will be established at the earliest for the units of research and development, testing and certification in the electric vehicle industry.

As far as possible, assistance from industrial organisations should be taken in this work,” the chief minister said. Taking into account the fact that the state is land-locked, CM Yogi Adityanath asked the automobile manufacturing industry to rationalise the transportation cost for transporting goods from the plant site to the port.
 
“The manner in which the state government has given incentives for the proposed bulk drug/medical device park should also be taken in relation to electric vehicles,” the CM said. CM Yogi Aditynath also talked of giving exemption in road tax and registration fees to make people aware of EVs and to encourage them to use EVs.

Interacting with high-level  officials on the proposed amendments to the Uttar Pradesh Electric Vehicle Manufacturing (EVM) Policy-2019, the chief minister said that in view of the electric vehicle sector being a budding sector, it is necessary to liberalise this policy and encourage mega investment.

“This will give a boost to subsidiary units. Also, private electric vehicle parks should be given benefits under the state’s private industrial park scheme,” he said.
 
He also directed officials to keep the revenue sharing model logical for setting up charging stations. Stressing the need for a policy of giving capital subsidy to EV industries in place of the current rules of SGST reimbursement on the establishment in the state, the CM said, “Capital subsidy can be provided to MSME, macro anchor and mega anchor units at different rates. It will also be an incentive for industries to develop.”
 
The chief minister said that instead of diesel tempo/autos and paddle rickshaws that are causing pollution in cities, e-rickshaws need to be promoted. He gave directions that auto drivers of diesel rickshaws be provided loans under various schemes of the central or state government related to self-employment for e-rickshaw purchases. The Chief Minister also emphasised the efforts of e-rickshaw drivers to follow traffic rules, training of vehicles, and fixing routes.

Talking of the charging stations, CM Yogi said, “The number of electric vehicles will increase soon, so in view of the convenience of common people, adequate charging stations should be established. These stations should also be in parking areas, and petrol pumps should also be encouraged to set up charging stations.”