Electric Vehicles Current Affairs - 2019

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Govt sanctions over 5,000 electric buses under Fame Phase-II

Centre Government has sanctioned 5595 electric buses in 64 cities for intracity and intercity operations under Phase-II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme. As per Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, this move would give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.

Key Highlights

Process Followed: Department of Heavy Industry (under Union Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises) had invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from more than million cities, smart cities, State/Union Territories (UTs), their capitals and even cities from special category states for submitting proposal for deploying electric buses on operational cost basis. Department received 86 proposals from 26 States/UTs for deployment of 14988 e-Buses. The proposals received were then evaluated as per EoI and on advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) Government later sanctioned 5595 electric buses to 64 Cities.

Division of 5595 sanctioned electric buses: 5095 are sanctioned in 64 cities / State Transport Corporations (STCs) for intra-city operation, 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for last mile connectivity.

Eligibility: For deployment of sanctioned electric buses on operational cost basis, each selected City or State Transport Corporation is required to initiate procurement process in a time bound manner. Also as per Expression of Interest (EoI), buses which satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified under phase II of FAME India scheme will be eligible for funding under it.

Saving during Contract Period: These buses are expected to run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are also expected to save cumulatively nearly 1.2 billion liters of fuel over contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.

About FAME-India Scheme

PHASE I: The Phase 1 of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) was launched in 2015 to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle (EHVs) technology as well as to ensure sustainable growth of same.

PHASE II: Implementation of Phase-II of FAME-India Scheme was approved by Cabinet in February 2019 for promotion of Electric Mobility in the country. Fame Phase-II proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and seeks to encourage adoption of EVs by way of demand aggregation (means total demand for final goods and services in an economy at a given time) and market creation.

Objective: To encourage faster adoption of EHVs by way of offering upfront incentives on purchase of electric vehicles and also by way of establishing a necessary charging Infrastructure for electric vehicles. The scheme will help in addressing the issue of environmental pollution and fuel security.

Indian Army in partnership with EESL employs e-cars to combat pollution

Indian Army in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has launched ecological initiative of employing E Cars for use of its officials in New Delhi. Under this ecological initiative, first lot of 10 e-Cars was flagged off by Indian Army. Now, Indian Indian Army is planning to further increase number of E Cars in Delhi to ensure economy, efficiency and minimal emissions. The introduction of e-cars in Army was visualized on World Environment Day and in lines with government policies on environmental protection.

About Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)

It is a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) that facilitates implementation of energy efficiency project. It functions under Union Ministry of Power.  It was established in December 2009 and is headquartered in New Delhi.

It is a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.

Functions: It leads market-related activities of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), one of the eight national missions under Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. It also acts as the resource centre for capacity building of State DISCOMs.

It is also implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in country. This energy efficiency portfolio includes-

(1) Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA): It is world’s largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme.

(2) Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP): It is world’s largest street light replacement programme.

(3) Agriculture Demand Side management (AgDSM): It world’s largest Agricultural Demand Side Management programme.