New taxis, rental cars and bikes to go electric by January: Goa CM Pramod Sawant | Goa News – Times of India

PANAJI: CM Pramod Sawant It was announced on Wednesday that it would be mandatory for all new tourist vehicles from January. cab rental And the rental bikes will be electric. He also said that it will be mandatory for permit holders of many tourist taxis, rental bikes and rental cabs to retrofit 30% of their fleet and convert them to EVs by June next year.
He also said that from January next year, the new light vehicles to be purchased by the government will be electric.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth Energy Transition Working Group meeting under India’s G20 chairmanship, Sawant said the per capita vehicle ownership in Goa is 4.5 times the national average and ranks 15th in the world in terms of vehicle density. The event is being held in Goa from Wednesday to Saturday.
“Being a global tourism hotspot, more than 85 lakh tourists visit the state every year against a population of 15 lakhs. Carbon emissions in the state due to the large number of taxis, rental vehicles and buses used by tourists It is a major contributor to the increase in CO. Based on a recent study conducted by GIZ, 40% of the total carbon emissions generated in Goa is due to vehicular operation,” the CM said.
With vehicular pollution being a constant source of air quality degradation in Goa, rapid adoption of zero emission vehicles is very important, he said.
The policy will help in creating 10,000 jobs EV sector by 2025, says Sawant
The state government is committed to promote EVs in Goa. The existing schemes will be amended from time to time to ensure higher usage of EVs,” said Sawant. He said that the Government of Goa has notified the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy, 2021It was amended in 2023 to promote electric vehicles and to include retrofitting of existing vehicles to make them electric. “Goa has since provided financial assistance of Rs 12.2 crore for 1,679 vehicles under the scheme,” the CM said. “The key objective of the policy is that by the year 2025, 30% of the annual vehicles registered in Goa will be electric. Also, promoting conversion of vehicles to EVs, and converting 50% of all boat ferries to electric by 2025 and other marine vessels like fishing trawlers to hybrid,” Sawant said.
He also said that the policy is expected to generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the sector by 2025. The scheme provides financial assistance for the purchase of two, three and four wheeler electric vehicles for a period of five years. The scheme also provides assistance for scrapping old Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. “After the launch of the scheme, the percentage of vehicle sales has increased sharply from 0.2% to 9.4% in 2022-23. Goa ranks fourth in India in terms of percentage of EVs purchased in any state. Goa also formulated the Goa EV Concessional Charging Infrastructure Policy, 2021, under which the state will provide government land for setting up EV stations, as well as electrical infrastructure support of up to Rs 8 lakh to the facility provider,” Sawant said. .
The CM also inaugurated the Technology and Cultural Showcase at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Indoor Stadium, Talegaon on Wednesday. Organized on the sidelines of the G20 Energy Transition Ministerial Meeting (ETMM), the event covers new and emerging technologies such as electric vehicles, hydrogen and other clean fuel technologies in various sectors across the globe. “The Government of India has taken several steps to decarbonise transport, including promoting the use of electric vehicles. The National Mission on Electric Mobility aims to improve charging infra and develop the domestic manufacturing ecosystem,” Sawant said.