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Tamil Nadu to Introduce New Electric Vehicles Hub in the state. Read Details

Tamil Nadu government sets up new electric vehicle hub in the state

Tamil Nadu government is looking at alternative locations for developing electric vehicles hub in the state for manufacturing and R&D of EVs with the domestic and international gateway.

Highlights:

  • Tamil Nadu government to introduce several electric vehicles hub in the state.
  • EV hubs to be major locations for manufacture and R&D of electric vehicles with domestic and export gateway.
  • 3% out of the total registered vehicles in the state were in EVs in 2021.

Tamil Nadu government is in the process of developing integrated and connected locations for building Electric Vehicles hubs to counter with the ever-growing ICE vehicles hub already present in the state. The locations for EV Hubs in the state are determined with a view of domestic and international export gateways.

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Tamil Nadu, currently has the second-highest vehicular population in the country with 2.77 Crore vehicles, out of which 85% are two-wheelers. But recently with the recent flux of electric mobility in the nation, netizens are slowly adopting and accepting electric vehicles as primary vehicles. 

VP economic analysis and policy guidance of Tamil Nadu, Ambrin Moinuddin stated in a panel discussion on electric vehicles that the Government is looking at alternative competitive locations for building electric vehicles hubs in the state. Under the initiative, some towns of Hosur, Chennai, and Coimbatore are likely to have manufacturing and technology hubs for electric vehicles with domestic and international export gateways.

Considering the vast automobile market, Tamil Nadu launched its first electric vehicle policy in September 2019 with several subsidies and waivers for EV buyers in the state.

Post the launch of its state electric vehicle policy, the Tamil Nadu government has been taking several actionable steps towards the shift to electric mobility in the state. 100% road tax exemption and open EV permit are some of the notable steps taken with an aim for accelerating the shift to electric vehicles.

Under the impact of these supportive government policies, Tamil Nadu accounts for 10.4% of electric vehicles sold in India, compared to the earlier figure of 6.7% in 2019. Reports state that out of the total vehicles sold and registered in the state, 3% were electric vehicles contributed by electric two-wheelers, electric cars, and electric pickup rickshaws. 

The government is optimistic that by 2030, EV registrations in the state will grow by 30%.

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The Tamil Nadu government is leaving no stones unturned for developing a robust EV ecosystem in the state. The state government is working towards mitigating one of the major barriers of EV adoption, i.e EV charging infrastructure by developing vast number of charging stations across highways and communities. 

By Partnering with Discom- Tangedco and some other private companies, the state government is on working towards its vision for electrifying state highways connecting major cities around the state. 

Viewing the efforts of Tamil Nadu state government towards a greener state, the ministry of heavy industries has recently sanctioned 651 EV charging stations under the FAME II initiative.

Abhishek Gautam
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