Government of Kerala
Transport Department – The Draft Policy on Electric Vehicles for the State of Kerala – approved – Orders Issued
GO (Ms) No.58/2018/Trans
Read : GO(Rt) No.242/2017/E&ITD dated 10/10/2017
- Dated, Thiruvananthapuram 29/09/2018
The vehicular transport of the state predominantly depend on fossil fuels. The extensive use of fossil fuels leads to environmental pollution and health hazards which necessitates the exploration of alternative energy. The over dependency of fossil fuels badly affects the balance of payment of the Country and the policital instability of oil porducing countries always remains as a threat to the economic stability of our nation.
In this alarming circumstance, the State of Kerala, which is a forefront runner in many reforms and innovations, initiated early steps in the direction of framing a road map to an Electric Vehicle Policy for the State. As per the GO read above, Government have appointed a Special Task Force under the chairmanship of Prof.Jhunjunwala, Principal Advisor to the Minister for Power, Govt. of India, for framing a draft EV Policy for the state. The committee had prepared a draft policy and submitted before the Government.
The Government have examined the draft EV policy in detail. After evaluating and modifying the same with the prevailing circumstances of the State, the Government are pleased to approve the draft Electric Vehicle Policy for the State of Kerala appended herewith.
K R JYOTHILAL
Principal Secretary to Government
The Transport Commissioner, Thiruvananthapuram
The Chairman, K- DISC, Thiruvananthapuram
The Principal Secretary, Finance Department
The Principal Accountant General(Audit), Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
The Director, Information & Public Relations Department
Stock File/ Office Copy
Private Secretary to Minister (Transport)
PA to Principal Secretary (Transport)
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The high vehicle population of over ten million vehicles on road in Kerala State has made mobility a challenge, and it is accompanied by increase in road accidents and air pollution. The State Government took several measures like improving the conditions of road, upgrading and widening the National Highway to 45 meters, constructing a Coastal Highway, and improving the Inland Waterways to permit large cargo traffic from Thiruvananthapuram in the south to to Kasaragod in the north.
Electric Vehicles (EV) or e-mobility is another step forward. Kerala, known for its environmental sensitiveness, bio diversity and tourist attractions wishes to maintain its texture and ensure a sustainable development for its people. The transition to electric vehicles is a natural choice for the State in line with its development ethos.
The number of vehicles on the road will get reduced with the introduction of modern shared transport systems like the air-conditioned Electric Bus and e-Autorickshaw. They will provide comfortable and fatigue free ride, with no polluting gases, and much reduced vibration and noise. This will attract vehicle owners to move to shared mobility. The State plans a no-subsidy regime for EV, as articulated by the NITI Aayog. An air-conditioned bus is only 10% more costlier than the regular EV Bus. Large scale introduction of 3-wheelers (e-autos) can be made economically viable using battery swapping, with the CAPEX/ OPEX for the e-autos becoming similar or less compared to petrol autos.
The State Government plans to ensure a robust infrastructure for electric vehicles, that includes adequate power availability, network of charging points, and favorable power tariff. KSEBL will provide quality power for 24x7 throughout the year for a rate variable based on time of the day and season of the year.
The development of e-mobility must be integrated to the State’s manufacturing ecosystem, particularly for the EV components. Kerala has developed a large number of start-ups and some of this talent pool is expected to be utilized for the e-mobility initiative.
To embrace electric mobility as a tool to promote shared mobility and clean transportation and ensure environmental sustainability, pollution reduction, energy efficiency and conservation and to create an ecosystem for manufacturing EV components in Kerala.
2022: 1 million EV’s on the road
2020: Pilot Fleet of 200,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three wheelers, 1000 goods carriers, 3000 buses and 100 ferry boats
Component Manufacturing: Attract investments and create employment opportunities around Power Electronics, Battery Pack Assembly, Battery Management System (BMS), Electric Motors, Accessories and skilled areas like IT and R&D etc
Electric Vehicle manufacture in the long term: Create an enabling ecosystem of skilled manpower, infrastructure, R&D centres , favourable regulations and initial volumes through Government programs.
Centers of Excellence (CoE) in the EV value chain: build world class training/ skilling centres for EV professionals with niche skills for the global EV industry