Government of India Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) in association with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) today launched the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) at India Habitat Center.
Anant Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises of India launched the scheme. Secretary Heavy Industry Rajan Katoch, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor S.K Bahri and Additional Secretary Heavy Industry Ambuj Sharma were in attendance. Organisers include Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Manufcatured in India hybrid and electric vehicles in two, three and four wheeler segments eligible for coverage under FAME India were on display today. Keeping in mind Nissan Leaf electric car on display, one can’t but help wonder when a launch will be scheduled.
Government of India approved National Mission for Electric Mobility in 2011. National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 was unveiled in 2013. DHI has not introduced FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India). FAME India strives to achieve national fuel security, globally competitive xEV (hybrid and electric vehicle) eco-system, and affordable and environment friendly transportation. FAME India scheme addresses demand and supply creation, technology development, charging infrastructure and pilot projects.
As per NEMMP to be implemented till 2020, xEV sales are projected at 6-7 million units per year. NEMMP looks to support xEV market development and manufacturing to fuel self-sustenance. Initial 2 year NEMMP phase I got underway with the beginning of FY2015-16 and is operational through FY2016-17 with Rs 795 Cr. initial allocation. Rs 75 crore is sanctioned for FY 2015-16.
Anant Geete says in purview of limited domestic reserves of conventional fuels and automobile sector demand, tapping into alternate sources of energy for eco-friendly and cost-effective transport is required, and necessitates FAME India. He hopes NEMMP is a success and benefits the country. He turns to industry and academia to come forward and develop new and advanced electric and hybrid vehicle models. Involvement of state Govts. and local bodies will be important to kickstart pilot projects. In regards to public charging infrastructure, Central Govt. will provide adequate funds in the initial years.
Focus is on market creation through various incentives, particularly demand side incentives as has been practiced globally. NEMMP scheme would result in carbon dioxide emission reduction by 24 million tonnes, fuel savings up to 9,500 million litres ( about Rs 60,000 cr.), and creation of around 3 lakh jobs by 2020. Rs 75 crore allocation is considered a constructive step towards scheme implementation. Anticipating success in the introductory phase, it is expected NEMMP will make further investments towards sustainable xEV tech.
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