The Government has approved 670 electric buses in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, and Chandigarh, along with 241 charging points in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair under the second phase of FAME India Scheme.
The objective of Phase 2 FAME India Scheme
Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the decision reflects government determination to reduce fossil fuel reliance and resolve issues of vehicle emissions. Shri Javadekar said the decision is in keeping with the vision of PM Shri Narendra Modi for promoting environmentally friendly public transportation.
The scheme target is the electrification of public transportation. This phase includes the electrification of public and shared transport and giving subsidies to 7,000 e-busses, 5 lakh e-3 wheels, 55,000 e-4 wheelers, and 10 lakh e-2 wheels. The scheme only extends the benefit to vehicles with advanced batteries, such as Lithium-Ion batteries. The scheme aims to create 2700 charging stations in subway cities, smart cities, and other cities with a population of more than 1 million.
The FAME scheme was launched to achieve the targets of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2020
What is the FAME II Scheme?
Phase II of the FAME India Scheme is currently being implemented for a three-year period with budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore, effective 1 April 2019.
National Electric Mobility Mission Plan-2020
It was introduced in 2013 to meet a goal of between 6 and 7 million electric and hybrid vehicle sales by 2020. NEMMP strives to achieve national fuel security by promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.