Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that 10 lakh electric vehicles will be brought out by 2022 as part of implementing the electronic transportation policy. Chief Minister, while inaugurating the ‘evolve’ e- mobility conference, said that the aim is to launch 2 lakh two- wheelers, 50,000 three – wheelers, 1000 goods carriers, 3000 buses and 100 ferry boats.
In the context of green tribunal’s ban of diesel vehicles in 6 cities, Kerala had seriously thought about alternative reusable sources of energy. Though the ban was later given a stay, Kerala was adamant in its commitment towards environmental protection. The use of CNG LLG fuels was started as a part of this. 5 CNG stations were started in Kochi. First LLG bus and first solar and electric boats were began in Kerala.
The draft for electronic vehicle policy was prepared by the committee formed under the leadership of Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras. Following this, a workshop was held for stake holders. Government’s final approval for the Electronic Vehicle Policy was also based on recommendations of this workshop.
Chief Minister said that the investors have a great scope in the electric vehicle industry. Kerala Automobile’s Ltd, which was set up to manufacture electric vehicles, is aiming at bringing out 8000 electric auto rickshaws every year. KAL is the first PSU in India to produce electric auto rickshaws. 3000 e-buses will also be made for KSRTC. Chief Minister stated that this is the first project that receives European investment for e-bus manufacturing.
Chief Minister carried out the virtual inauguration of charging station at Indian Oil Corporation’s Pump in Idappally and the launching of Center of Excellence that is to be started in Trivandrum. Memorandums of Understanding regarding the production of electric vehicles were also exchanged during the event. The first application for electric vehicle subsidy was also received.