As a major aspect of the endeavours to empower electric mobility in Karnataka, the State Government is planning to build up an electric vehicle cluster, said Large and Medium Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar in Bengaluru.
The proposed fund will likewise concentrate on getting nearby assembling of electric vehicle batteries fully operational soon, he said.
He was speaking at the workshop and exhibition on e-Mobility and charging infrastructure, at Bharat Scouts and Guides premises in Bengaluru, today.
Shettar said “Batteries comprise 30% the cost of an EV, one of the most expensive components in the entire unit. EVs will be easily affordable by all if this cost is reduced. In this regard, the state government’s priority is to initiate local manufacturing of EV batteries. We will also develop an electric vehicle cluster in the state and keep a dedicated fund for e-mobility/manufacturing sector.’’
He said e-mobility is gaining importance in the automotive industry in India and Karnataka has emerged as the frontrunner in this sector.
An ecosystem favourable for e-mobility is being built in the state he said. As per an ongoing report distributed by the World Economic Forum in a joint effort with Ola Mobility Institute, the minister said India can possibly turn into the biggest EV showcase on the planet.
Bengaluru has increasingly 9,000 e-vehicles and gloats of significant players, for example, Mahindra Electric, Ather Energy, Yulu, Vogo, NDS Eco Motors and others, he included.
“Karnataka is the first among 10 states to have taken a lead with a different approach in 2017 and intends to turn into an EV producing centre and for creating battery innovation,” he said.
He said the state government will also be integrating e-vehicles in public transport. Under the Centre’s FAME India II scheme, the State will get 400 e-buses, of which 300 will be leased by the BMTC. Government has decided to hire 6,000 more buses for BMTC of which 50% will be electric buses,” said the minister.
He said the state government will likewise be incorporating e-vehicles out in the open vehicle. Under the Center’s FAME India II plot, the State will get 400 e-buses, of which 300 will be leased by the BMTC. Government has chosen to hire 6,000 additional transports for BMTC of which half will be electric transports,” said the minister.
BESCOM is set to begin tasks of EV quick-charging stations at 12 locations. It will likewise be introducing 100 charging points at 80 locations. These charging stations can be accessed easily effected by means of an app and one can book an opening ahead of time to keep away from any lines, he said.
The minister said Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) will soon issue a notification to make it mandatory for all upcoming high rises, shopping malls and apartment complexes to provide provision for dedicated EV charging facilities in their parking lots.
Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, invited companies to come forward to invest in the EV sector as the state government has been mulling to set up EV cluster in Karnataka.
Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, welcomed organizations to approach to put resources into EV area as the state government has been pondering to set up EV bunch in Karnataka.
The prices of EVs will be affordable once the expensive components such as batteries are manufactured locally. The State Government will also request for a subsidy from the Central Government to open EV charging centres, he said.
The Minister likewise assessed electric auto rickshaw which was at the venue. NSIC CEO Ravikumar, President of Laghu Udyog Bharati Srikanth Dutta and others were available.