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About 2.8 lakh hybrid and electric vehicles have been supported through demand incentives under the first phase of FAME-India scheme, Parliament was informed on Monday.

The phase-I of FAME India, which aims to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle technology, was launched on April 1, 2015, for a period of two years. It was subsequently extended from time to time and the last extension was allowed up to March 31, 2019.

“Since inception of phase-I of FAME-India scheme, about 2.8 lakh hybrid and electric vehicles (xEVs) have been supported through demand incentives,” Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said in a reply to the Rajya Sabha.

As pilot project, about 425 electric/hybrid buses were also sanctioned to various states supported by Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme, he added.

The first phase of FAME-India was implemented through four focus areas namely demand creation, technology platform, pilot project and charging infrastructure.

Market creation through demand incentives was aimed at incentivising all vehicle segments including two-wheelers, three-wheelers auto, passenger four-wheeler vehicles, light commercial vehicles and buses.

The demand incentive was available to buyers of xEV in the form of an upfront reduced purchase price to enable wider adoption.

In a separate reply, Gadkari said, the government is taking proactive measures to promote use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles to tackle issues of high crude oil import and pollution.

“NITI Aayog in a meeting held in May 2019…had proposed that after March 31, 2023 only electric three-wheelers with lithium ion or other advance battery chemistry shall be sold under the category of three wheelers,” the minister said.

“And after March 31, 2025 all new sales under the category of two-wheelers below 150 cc shall be electric two-wheelers with lithium ion or other advance battery chemistry only. It has been decided that all vehicles will continue to be registered as long as they meet the requisite safety and emission standards,” Gadkari said.

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To bring down emissions, the ministry has mandated mass emission standard for BS-VI vehicles throughout the country with effect from April 1, 2020, he added. PTI ABI

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