In an endeavour to promote electric vehicles in India, the government has given a nod to green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis. This was recently confirmed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. These will also be applicable to electric busses other electric commercial vehicles. Currently, the chief manufacturers of electric cars in India pertaining to the private as well as commercial sectors are Tata Motors and Mahindra.
Green Number Plates For Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles will also be able to enjoy certain perks on the road, thanks to this special plate. Besides easier identification, the electric vehicles will get preferential treatment in parking, free entry into certain proposed ‘congested zones’ along with proposed concessions in tolls on the current road networks. As far as commercial vehicles are concerned, an exemption from permits is being considered.
This will give a considerable boost to the growth of e-rickshaws, e-busses, and e-taxis (especially in the urban areas) around the country. Gadkari stated that this approval will encourage people to use electric vehicles. He also added that since restricted permit regime is a major concern, exemption from the same is sure to be a game-changer.
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Apart from special plates, the government has recently also proposed that individuals belonging to the age group of 16-18 years should be allowed to drive electric scooters without a license. Currently, youth between 16-18 years are also only to ride mopeds under 50cc. A reduction of GST on electric batteries is also on the cards, and going to speculations, it will come down to 12% from 28% which will make electric cars even cheaper. The overall GST on electric cars in India is already at 12%.