Students Using Battery-Operated Vehicles Set to Get Subsidy in Gujarat

In its bid to promote eco-friendly vehicles, the government of Gujarat has implemented a program for the distribution of battery-operated vehicles (BOVs), especially two-wheelers to the students of grade nine and above.

Those students who opt for such vehicles will get the benefit of state subsidy to the tune of ₹10,000 (~$141) per vehicle. The program is executed through the dealership network of Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) authorized manufacturers. High speed (>25 km/hr) battery-operated two-wheelers have also been distributed to those students of grade 12 and above with a valid driving license.

During 2015-16 and 2016-17, GEDA implemented the program of battery-operated low-speed two-wheelers in Gandhinagar city and Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) area with the benefit of ₹10,000 (~$141)/BOV for students between grade eight and 12. Later, the same program was extended to four major cities of the state—Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and Rajkot.

The battery-operated two-wheelers fitted with advance batteries with three years of warranty and sold by GEDA authorized manufacturers are eligible for the state financial assistance under the program.Climate Change Department of the government of Gujarat introduced a program of battery-operated three-wheelers (e-rickshaws) during 2018-19. According to an official document, as e-rickshaws aren’t popular among the rickshaw drivers in Gujarat like some other states, the program was introduced with a state subsidy. In 2019-20, e-rickshaws fitted with advance batteries came with a subsidy of ₹40,000 (~$564.18) on a reimbursement basis.

Power R&D | News published on 20/01/2020 by Darshana Daga

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