FAME India Scheme Current Affairs - 2020

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First Inter-City Electric Bus to operate between Mumbai and Pune

On February 14, 2020, the first inter-city electric bus was launched. The bus will transit between Mumbai and Pune twice every day. It was launched by the Union Transport Minister Nithin Gadkari.

Highlights

The bus seating capacity was 43. It is capable of running 300 kilo metres in a single charge. The GoI is to extend the service to other parts of Maharashtra as well. The Ministry of Union Transport is working under the target of converting all the buses into electric vehicles by 2022.

The bus is to run in PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.

Electric Vehicle Transition

The GoI is now pushing for the Electric Vehicle transition in the country to reduce burden being created by oil. The CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) transition that happened in 2000s is the best lead to take positive hopes over EV transition

CNG Transition

In 1993, 3 gas filling stations were opened in Delhi. In 2001, the Supreme Court ordered to replace and convert all public buses to CNG. In 2005, there were more than 10,000 CNG buses, 5,000 mini buses and 55,000 CNG three wheelers on road. There was significant drop in Delhi pollution after the move. Similar results are being expected in case of EVs. However, more incentives are required for the EVs to spread wide.

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2636 EV Charging Stations sanctioned under Phase II FAME India

The Department of Heavy Industries operating under Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has sanctioned 2636 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations under FAME India scheme Phase II. The stations are to be set in 62 cities in 24 states and Union Territories.

Highlights

The aim of the move is to make sure at least one Electric Vehicle charging station is available in a grid of 4 km × 4km area in the selected cities. Out of the 2636 charging stations to be constructed, 1633 will be fast charging stations and 1003 are to be slow charging stations.

FAME India

FAME India is Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles. The objective of the scheme is to increase the use of electric and hybrid vehicles by offering incentives. The phase I of the scheme was launched on April 1, 2015 with an allocated budget of Rs 895 crores. The phase II was launched on April 1, 2019 with an allocated budget of Rs 10,000 crores.

Charging Technologies

India has planned to use three charging technologies. It includes CHAdeMO, Indian Bharat Standard and Combined Charging System (CCS). CHAdeMO is a quick charging method that delivers up to 62.5 KW by 500 volt and 125 ampere DC (Direct Current). The CCS involves both DC and AC charging.

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