Electric vehicles on Indian roads will soon get a new green licence plates to differentiate them from normal fuel vehicles, says website EMobility+. While private electric vehicles will have white registration numbers on a green background, electric vehicles used commercially will have licence numbers in yellow on a green background. These will also be applicable to electric buses and other electric commercial vehicles.
Currently, Tata Motors and Mahindra are the only electric vehicle manufacturers, for both the private and commercial sectors.
This plate will also allow electric vehicles preferential treatment for parking, free entry into certain proposed ‘congested zones’. Concessions in tolls charges have also been proposed for these green vehicles. For electric vehicle used commercially, the government is considering an exemption from permits. This will help boost the growth of e-rickshaws, e-buses and e-taxis around the country.
Union minster for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said, “The government has approved distinctive green licence plates for electric vehicles to encourage people to use electric vehicles. Such vehicles will be fitted with green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private cars and yellow font for taxis. Exemption from permit will be a game changer as restricted permit regime is a major concern. E-rickshaw growth is attributable to the permit exemption and there is scope to extend the exemption to the e-buses, e-taxis, e-autos and e-bikes. E-auto and e-buses may have a big impact since getting a new permit is extremely difficult.”
Apart from special plates, the government is also proposing allowing teenagers between 16 and 18 to use electric scooters without a licence. Currently, youths between 16 and 18 years of age are only allowed to ride mopeds under 50cc.
The government has also mooted a reduction in GST on electric batteries from 28 per cent to 12 per cent in order to make owning electric cars cheaper. The overall GST on electric cars in India is already at 12 per cent.