The proposal also brings in several advantages for electrified vehicles such as free entry into congested areas, relaxation on toll charges and parking preference
At the opening month of this year, Niti Aayog proposed a new idea of making green coloured number plates common for all electric vehicles. Stayed in the draft phase for five months, the idea has been given a green light from the Indian government.
It will help average buyers to realise the increasing popularity of zero-emission models as well as creating a separate band of road going vehicles altogether, going by the hindsight view.
It is in a move to increase number of EVs plying on road as well. The Union minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has said that green plates with white font will be used for distinguishing private electric vehicles from green plates with yellow font for taxis.
The proposal also brings in several advantages for electrified vehicles such as free entry into congested areas, relaxation on toll charges, parking preference, etc but these ideas are still in the proposed state. Introduction of green boards will largely help in the identification of EVs from IC-engined cars if the benefits are approved.
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From the end of this decade onward, the central government could urge fleet operators to have a particular share of electric vehicles at their disposal and it makes sense considering the increased number of taxis for ride sharing in recent years in the country.
The incremental share could be at 1 percent and the same proposal may be applied on the public transport sector. To make matters easy, permit exemptions for battery-powered motorcycles, autos, taxis and buses are also considered.
To attract more young customers, teenagers between 16 and 18 years of age will be allowed to ride electric scooters as current law permits only license for gearless scooters of under 50 cc. Moreover, depreciation rate could skyrocket to 50 percent in contrast to just 15 percent for regular vehicles along with revisions to GST rates for EVs.