Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that incentives will be offered on the sale of electric cars in the state to encourage adoption of eco-friendly vehicles and reduce pollution caused by automobiles. The Chief Minister made this statement during a webinar in honor of Himalaya Day.
During the virtual meeting, he said that the pollution control board will provide incentives to the first 5,000 two-wheelers and 1,000 four-wheelers to be sold to private customers. The incentive on electric two-wheelers will be either 10 per cent of their cost, or ₹7,500, whichever is less, and on four-wheelers the incentive will be up to ₹50,000 or 5 per cent of their cost, whichever is less. According to Dhami, these incentives will be distributed as back-end subsidy through direct benefit transfer to banks, financial institutions or dealers.
He also mentioned that the electric charges paid at the first 250 electric car charging stations will be kept in the domestic category for two years. Individuals and institutions can open charging stations for electric cars if they have sufficient land and municipal permission.
Several states in the country have opted for incentives to encourage and encourage people to adopt electric vehicles. Assam too recently joined the electric bandwagon after announcing its policy dedicated to EVs. The Assam government aims to bring at least two lakh electric vehicles on the road in the next five years. It also promised to provide incentives to EV buyers.