T.N. to set up electric vehicle charging stations in six cities

The Tamil Nadu government has informed the National Green Tribunal that it’ll found out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Salem and Tirunelveli, and supply charging points in office parking slots.

The charging stations also will be found out on NHAI and State Highways and EV related and charging infrastructure manufacturing industries within the State are going to be provided 100% exemption on electricity tax till New Year’s Eve, 2025. stamp tax exemption also will tend for purchase of land to line up such industries, the govt said while submitting its reply during a case at the NGT.

The government submitted that it plans to market conversion of all auto-rickshaws to electric vehicles within the six major cities within the subsequent 10 years and extend it to other cities and towns gradually. it’ll also support conversion of all taxis in these six cities into EVs and introduce 1,000 electric buses per annum. aside from this, private operators and academic institutions, too, would be encouraged to transition to EVs, it submitted.

The vision of the govt is to draw in ₹50,000 crore investment in EV manufacturing, providing infrastructure for charging, shared mobility, recycle and reuse batteries and eliminate the rejected batteries in an environment-friendly manner, it said.

“At present, after the announcement of the e-vehicle policy, many new companies have started manufacturing and handling EVs by which the general public have begun to know the importance and by which they’re sure that only EVs are going to be the longer term automobiles on the roads,” it further said.

The government also said that Indian Oil Corporation has come up with a replacement project making available Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) in Salem and Namakkal districts to be used in automobiles.“Being a green gas and also environment friendly, it promotes rural economy and development contributing to the nation’s growth. Permission is going to be granted for conversion of petrol-driven vehicles to CBG,” the govt said.

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