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Union Budget 2019: Govt to lower GST on EVs from 12% to 5%

With the much-anticipated tax reduction proposal, the budding Electric vehicle industryof the country got a special mention and strong stimulus in today's Union Budget 2019.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister in her speech said, "With an aim to become a global hub for electric vehicle manufacturing, the government has already moved GST council to lower the GST rate on electric vehicles(EV) from 12% to 5%."

"Also to make EVs affordable for consumers our Govt will provide additional income tax deduction of 1.5 lakh rupees on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs" she added

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Great move by the government to end the monopoly of maruti, India will now move on Teslas. True visionaries, only disappointment is the increase in fuel prices, it should have been atleast a rs50 increase every year.
In the next budget I expect tax cuts on the prices of rockets.
 
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Government to Ready 500 Km Highway Corridors for Electric Vehicles on Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Jaipur Route by 2020

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India's first highway corridors with charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to come up along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways by 2020, an official said. The combined stretch of the corridors on the Yamuna Expressway (between Delhi and Agra) and the National Highway 48 (between Delhi and Jaipur) will be 500 km, and 18 charging stations will be setup near toll plazas on the two routes, the official said.

The e-corridors are proposed to be the first under the Ease of Doing Business Programme (EODB) of the Advance Services for Social and Administrative Reforms (ASSAR), a private entity which is supported by the central government, an official engaged in the project said.

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Ather Energy Commences Operations In Chennai; Prices Start At ₹ 1.19 Lakh

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Homegrown EV manufacturer Ather Energy has commenced its operations in Chennai, its second market after Bengaluru. The company held its first customer event last weekend in the city, and has also begun accepting pre-bookings for its electric scooters for a token amount of ₹ 5000. The Ather 450 is priced at ₹ 1.31 lakh, while the entry-level Ather 340 is priced at ₹ 1.11 lakh (all prices, on-road Chennai), and will be officially launched tomorrow. The prices are about ₹ 5000-6000 more expensive than Bangalore. It is to be noted that the on-road price is in-line with the current GST rate of 12 per cent on EVs, and is likely to see a reduction once the GST council approves the five per cent rate as recommended under the Union Budget 2019.

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I'd taken a testdrive of Ather S450.

What a scooter. I hit a speed of 70 with a pillion on board. Super quick acceleration. Stops nicely. Sold on it. BUT sadly, they wont come to my place anytime soon.


Cant comment on how it is to live with, if only Ather gave us a month long testdrive. [evil]
 
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PMO leads the way in EV charging stations

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New Delhi: The government is leading the way in installing charging stations for electric vehicles, having set up several such units at various offices starting with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Daily, after dropping off officers at South Block gates or their homes, electric cars of PMO line up at the 15 charging stations installed at its parking space to get charged for the next day.

“PMO decided to lead by example and have the maximum charging stations,” an official in the top office told ET. “The prime minister is extremely keen on the idea. We also have a lot of electric cars in our fleet,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Government Targets 6-7 Million Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales by 2020

The government has a target to achieve 6-7 million sales of hybrid and electric vehicles by 2020 under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), Parliament was informed on Monday. The NEMMP 2020 is a national mission document providing the vision and the road map for faster adoption of electric vehicles and their manufacturing in the country.

The plan has been designed to enhance national fuel security, to provide affordable and environment-friendly transportation and to enable the Indian automotive industry to achieve global manufacturing leadership.

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Honda Jazz EV Spotted Testing In India Again

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As India enters into the phase of electric mobility, car manufacturers want to put their best foot forward as regards products. Hyundai just this week launched the Kona electric SUV, making it the first electric SUV in the country and the price is a competitive one at that. ₹ 25.30 lakh for a car which retails at a similar price point in other countries too is quite a landmark pricing for an EV which comes with the latest technology and is more about making the customers comfortable about adopting EV technology than making them averse to the future.

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Indian Auto Industry to Conduct Study on Migration to Electric Vehicles

The auto industry will conduct a study through an external agency for a road map towards electric mobility amid push from NITI Aayog for transition to full electric vehicles (EVs) for three-wheelers by 2023 and two-wheelers up to 150cc by 2025, according to sources.

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After bullet train this revolution will be one of the greatest revolution that will change our great country. The next will be air taxis, all 3 wheelers will be converted to air taxis, imagine auto drivers with Rayban and caps. Our nation is at last moving in the right direction under our Supreme Leader. This century belongs to Bharath.
 
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Here's How to Locate the Nearest Electric Vehicle Charging Station in India

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To easily find a compatible charging station for the Kona, Hyundai has partnered with MapMyIndia which shows nearby charging stations that are compatible with the car. In addition to the ones that are compatible with the new Hyundai Kona, MapMyIndia also provides with the location of the nearest EV charging stations in all the major cities. We checked out the map to have a brief idea of the number of charging stations around Delhi and were not disappointed with the results. There are nearly 10 charging station around Connaught place in New Delhi.

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Nearly 4 lakh e-vehicles in India, half of them in UP and Delhi

NEW DELHI: Currently there are nearly four lakh registered electric or battery operated vehicles in Indiaand half of them are in Uttar Pradeshand Delhi, according to road transport ministry’s data. Sources said most of these vehicles are e-rickshaws and e-carts, which got legal status after Parliament passed a law in March 2015 to recognise these as motor vehicles.

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Vakrangee To Set Up EV Charging Infrastructure Across India



Vakrangee, a technology driven company, focusing on creating India's largest network of last-mile retail points-of-sale, has announced that it has decided to set-up the electric vehicle charging infrastructure facility through the Nextgen Vakrangee kendra outlets. The company has 3,504 outlets spread across 19 states, 366 districts and more than 68 per cent of these outlets are in the Tier 5 and tier 6 cities.
The company has targeted to reach at least 75,000 outlets by FY2021-22 and 3,00,000 outlets by FY2024-25, giving it an India-wide presence. Vakrangee plans to leverage this deep presence by providing EV charging facility through its network of retail outlets.

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Ministry Of Road Transport & Highways Tells States To Incentivise EV Adoption

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways today issued an advisory to all state transport departments with regards to faster adoption of electric vehicles and incentivising electric vehicle purchase as well. These measures include using green registration plates for zero emission vehicles, exemption of EVs requiring a permit for transport vehicles. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has now given a deadline of August 31, 2019 and expects all state transport departments to put the Centre's EV adoption plan into action by then.

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Govt Asserts Subsidy for EVs Only for Commercial Vehicles, Not Personal Usage

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The government has asserted that subsidies for the promotion of electric mobility in India will be only for commercial vehicles, and automobiles for personal usage will not be included. Speaking at an event, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal said the government expects India to adopt electric vehicles (EV) in "all-natural course" - be it for bikes, cars, trucks, buses and e-rickshaws, while emphasising that the transition was necessary in order to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement.

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