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Cabinet approves proposal to promote Electric Vehicle Manufacturing in India Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Friday, 01 April 2011
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric vehicles in India. The National Council for Electric Mobility (NCEM) and the National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) is being set up to facilitate fast decision and policy making.

The Council will have Ministers from the key Central Ministries/Departments, eminent representatives from the industry and academia and will be chaired by the Minister (Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises).

The Council will be aided by a 25 member National Board for Electric Mobility comprising of secretaries of stakeholder Central Ministries/ Departments with representation from industry and academia.

The National Automotive Board (NAB), which is being created, after its formation will be the technical advisor and secretariat for both the NCEM and NBEM. Until then the National Council and the Board will be serviced by NATRiP Implementation Society (NATIS).

The promotion and manufacturing of electric vehicles is being taken up on a mission mode approach as "National Mission for Electric Mobility".

At present, the barriers to greater adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) include higher cost of EVs, challenges in battery technology, limited range of EVs, lack of infrastructure, consumer mindset and inadequate government support.

In order to resolve these barriers and for electric mobility to take off, continued government intervention/support, high level ownership, adoption of mission mode approach for fast decision making, collaboration amongst various stakeholders, long term commitment with clearly defined short term and long term objectives and a synergized - holistic approach is essential.

World over major investments, incentives and policies are being introduced to propagate the development, adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and their manufacturing.

Due to the fast dwindling petroleum resources, growing concerns on the impact of vehicles on the environment and climate change, the automobile industry worldwide is gradually shifting to more efficient drive technologies and alternative fuels including electric vehicles.

The Cabinet today approved the proposal to set up a National Mission for Electric Mobility (NCEM) and National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) by the Department of Heavy Industry. The present proposal does not involve any financial implication.

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