Post lock-down every state government is striving to bring the economy of their state back on its feet. The governments are initiating some policies which are which are long term as well as ecological. The South Indian states are the great contributors to the National GDP. Any initiation by these business hub states are considered to be an impact on national economy.
Last week Telangana Government has initiated the EV Policy with great initiatives & incentives. The EV policy extended the support to the consumers by waiving the taxes & other cess from the road transport department. Major industrialists & auto manufacturers, have welcomed this step of state government. The Telangana EV policy also stressed on sharing the responsibility to various departments. The EV policy is aimed to encourage the purchase & usage of ecofriendly vehicles. The policy is drafted with a vision to attract the consumer & manufacturer. It shall lift the EV industry and overall automotive trade business.
This week the Tamil Nadu Government too initiated a similar policy for the state. The abstract in the policy of the Tamil Nadu government too showcase some incentives. Hence one may find a surge in the purchases of EV in coming months. The EV adaptation by Deccan & Dravida regions will open the a new chapter in the Indian automotive industry. Though the South Indian states were little cautious prior lock-down, but now with state governments initiation, the market has been open for purchase and use of the these ecofriendly automotive.
The market observed a shift by logistic owners & regular suppliers towards the EV earlier post lock down. The logistic industry is operating to optimize the mobility solution and save themselves from the cash crunch they faced during the lock down. Many big players of eCommerce like Amazon, Flipkart, Bigbasket & Swiggy are encouraging their vendors to adapt the EV in their fleet. It is very hard to beat the advantages that EV has over ICE in the last mile connectivity.
Corona might be very harsh in terms of lives & economy but has taught few lessons to humanity and now the people realize that they are not invincible for the acts against environment. Adapting EV shall be a remission for the future.
We pray for the strained victims of Hyderabad flood. Hyderabad has seen the worst flood effect in a century. The experts predict the worst is awaiting in years to come, if proper “ACTION PLAN” isn’t planned & implemented.
One of the factors for the heavy rainfall is due to the environmental change of the city. And the reason for cause is urban air pollution, waste management system and unplanned land encroachments. One need to act on all the factors to control & safeguard the future of the city. The loss of human & property in any way not acceptable. This rainfall has affected the businesses which were striving to withstand post lock-down. The worst part is the self-reliant owners like the street vendors & daily wagers. The infra and logistics business has come to standstill in internal parts of Hyderabad city affecting the overall business transactions.
A study has revealed that as a result of the changes, damages due to flood is going to increase in the coming years.
The urban areas have registered higher temperatures than rural surroundings. The Urban Heat Island(UHI) effect is making an impact on the rainfall patterns in the city. Due to high temperature in urban areas as compared to rural surroundings, cooler rural air converges towards urban area with low pressure,” Dr. S Venkateshwarulu, a geography expert of Osmania University, said.
Now, its time to act. Its not the time to be critic. Its time to be responsible not to show fingers elsewhere. It is time to protect your environment to save the city. Either by curbing the waste management in proper way to keep the lakes & canals clean, using the electric vehicles for urban transit & transportation to control the air pollution or think before buying your property to avoid real-estate encroachment. The Hyderabad businesses and the citizens need to act on these parameters to survive. The Government bodies must see to it. They(Government) need to bring some good initiatives & incentives to make Hyderabad clean, green & a safe city.
It is not just an ACT OF GOD, it is a warning for the mistakes of the past. One needs to rectify before being punished ultimately for the mistakes.
The effect of pandemic had great impact on world’s economy. Even Indian market is facing the wrath of economic standstill because of lock-down, liquidation of cash flow and consumer trust ability post corona. Post lock-down, every business entity is striving to safeguard whatever is left over after the disaster. The human resource, bad debts & channel of trade are the biggest challenges that businesses are trying to cope up with. Over the above mentioned uphill tasks, the adaptability of market and the consumer confidence are the other major quadrants for the business to least sustain.
The Government & other support agencies are already boosting the business sector category wise. But at last, it is always an individual task to boost the own entity. With meagre consumer foot fall, the businesses are not finding it easy to sell their products. Adapt Motors Private Limited, an electric vehicle manufacturer of three wheeler autos have shared some e-mobility solutions to few of their prospecting consumer base – “SHOP ON WHEELS”, a great way to reach the consumer & safeguarding the risk of spreading the COVID19 virus. The model of business might old & existing but there are many segments who have not yet integrated this business model. The promotional product display & pop-up store at various centres would be an eye-catcher for the business stores. The new traders who cannot afford the monthly rentals of store may begin the business with low investment at least running cost. The mobility of the store allows them to cover a larger business ground & demographic of business.
Lets understand the business of a dry fruit trader, who
“SHOP ON WHEEL” is a business model for every business whether it is service/product from a mobile grooming service store to grooming product display store, vegetable cart to chat canteen, book sales store to advertising agency, the reach ability of the business is spread across the target market demographic channel with an ease. It allows business to grab more market as well as sustain in these catastrophic phase.
Adapt Motors team had an opportunity to speak to the prospects and their needs. They supported dream of these service providers & traders by customizing the product to their business requirements. The company envision that the local business can be made vocal only by integrating mobility solution. We invite the business owners to speak to our e-mobility business development experts in regards to their feasible “SHOP ON WHEEL” business model.
The Telangana government has approved a new electric vehicle policy for the state. Under this initiative, 100 per cent exemption on road tax and registration will be provided to the first two lakh electric two-wheelers and first 5,000 electric commercial four-wheelers. This subsidy also extends to 20,000 three-seater electric auto rickshaws. Also included are 10,000 electric LCVs, 5,000 private electric four-wheelers and 500 electric buses.
These cars will be supported by a proposed ecosystem for electric mobility that will include infrastructure such as charging stations and battery swapping facilities.
Unlike the Delhi government’s policy that is aimed to promote EVs as a viable alternative to current forms of urban mobility, the Telangana government’s focus is on developing the state into an EV manufacturing hub. Manufacturers and other industries related to EVs will be eligible for a 20 per cent capital investment subsidy capped at Rs 30 crore. There will also be a subsidy on power tariffs capped at Rs 5 crore while 100 per cent reimbursement of SGST will b provided. This is limited to Rs 25 crores and seven years. The government will also pay the interest costs for these firms, limited to 5.25 per cent for five years and capped at Rs 5 crore. Finally, other exceptions like that on stamp duty will be given.
The state is expecting a Rs 30,000 crore investment to be made in this industry. This should lead to 1.2 lakh direct and 2.5 lakh indirect new jobs. To make this happen, the Telangana government will be setting up two exclusive induatrial parks for EV industries over 775 acres. These will work with the infrastructure already created for the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters at Raviryal and Maheshwaram.
The Telangana and Delhi EV policy show that there are numerous ways that this integration of EVs into our society can begin. For Delhi, the more populist strategy of incentivizing individual to switch to EVs seems more suitable given its critical pollution problems. While for Telangana, this switch can be integrated deeper through all levels of the economy. This may lead to deeper integration but calls for deeper investment with a more long term plan.
There is a need to reduce dependence on the import of lithium ion batteries, one of the key components in electric vehicles (EVs), road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.
“In e-mobility technology, the most imp thing is we should not depend on import the material used to make these vehicles. Our priority is to make all these materials , particularly lithium ion batteries in India,” Gadkari said at the e-mobility conclave.
“We have given mines of lithium ion to two private companies. We expect to get raw material as early as possible. At the same time we are developing technology. We are also doing research on sodium ion technology,” he said.
Lithium cells are the building blocks of rechargeable batteries for EVs, laptops and mobile phones. Currently, India is heavily dependent on import of these cells as the battery metal is available in India. This is also one of reasons why battery manufacturing has not picked up significantly in India even as the finance ministry last year announced customs duty exemption on lithium-ion cells, to lower the cost. Globally, lithium-ion cell manufacturing is dominated by China, followed by US, Thailand, Germany, Sweden and South Korea.
According to the minister, there is a need to make more EVs as higher volumes will ultimately reduce the cost of the product. “It is (electric vehicle) is economically viable as compared to petrol, diesel vehicle,” he said. “In the due course of time I expect people to use it.”
1.EV TECHNOLOGY IS BREAKING NEW GROUNDS AT FREQUENT INTERVALS AS DISCUSSED BELOW, SHOWING PROMISE OF A PRICE/PERFORMANCE PARITY WITH ICE VEHICLES BY 2025 RESULTING AND THE DOMINANT MOBILITY SOLUTION
- Battery cost dropping rapidly and may reach to half of its current level in less than 10 years.
- Electric Vehicle performance is expected to improve by 2 times from its current levels in 10 years.
- Charge time is decreasing from 5 hours to less than 1 hour thus reducing the Range anxiety.
- Energy cost per km for electric vehicles is 4-5 times less than gasoline equivalents. However, the initial ownership cost of Electric vehicles is currently on the higher side.
Government of India (GOI) in its Automotive Mission Plan 2016 has laid a vision of ‘safe, comfortable and efficient mobility with an eye on environmental protection and affordability through both public and personal transport options’.
2. CONCERNS WITH IC-Engine VEHICLES-INDIA CONTEXT
- Nearly 80% of India’s crude requirement is imported.
- Diesel based causes air quality degradation that perpetuates climate change.
- Diesel exhaust contains pollutants causing major health risks such as heart diseases, lung cancer etc
3. ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN INDIA
Electric vehicles in India has received little public interest despite being available for a significant period (REVA was launched in 2001), primarily due to the following issues
- Inadequate charging infrastructure and high charging time with existing battery technologies
- Absence of an Electric Vehicle portfolio across segments comparable with available ICE Vehicles
- Maturity of current Battery technologies as well as the cost parity of EV’s with ICE vehicles
4. NEED FOR EV POLICY
India currently has roughly 20 cars per 1000 persons, compared to 800 cars per 1000 persons in the United States, creating the growth opportunity but also posing challenges in terms of energy security, and environmental/infrastructure balance. The Indian Auto market size is projected anywhere between 9.8 M(@5.8 % growth) to 13.4 M(@7.5 % growth) cars alone in the year 2026. GOI launched its FAME scheme in 2015, outlining subsidies for EV adoption and bringing focus on four key areas of technology development, demand creation, pilot projects and charging infrastructure. However, the pace of adoption despite the government push failed to meet expectations, primarily due to lack of adequate charging infrastructure along with the high price & low performance of EVs. While the Pace of EV and battery technologies developments forecast a price/ performance parity with ICE vehicles by 2025, the availability of charging infrastructure remains a challenge and key to mass EV adoption.
5. ADVANTAGE TELANGANA FOR AN EV ECOSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
Telangana was judged as No. 1 state in Ease of Doing Business for 2016 in DIPP rankings. As per a recent report by ASSOCHAM, Telangana surpassed its southern peer states in attracting investments.
- A major highlight of this reform process is TS i-PASS, a path-breaking industrial project approval system that provides time-bound clearances (15 days for megaprojects) based on self-certification.
- Telangana State policy support goes beyond Ease of Doing Business and industrial infrastructure in form of preferential allotment to Made in Telangana products for government orders
- Telangana has the desired social and urban infrastructure to translate into a strong demand and nurturing ground for EV technologies.
- Telangana has attracted significant investments from new and existing automotive units since its formation and is home to Mahindra & Mahindra and MRF manufacturing base along with Hyundai and ZF global R&D centers.
- Telangana holds the legacy of a strong Electric & Electronics (core, defense, and aerospace) manufacturing base led by PSUs like ECIL & BHEL.
- A good supply of knowledge workers from premier technical Institutes such as IIT and IIIT has well supported these knowledge-based entities which can be further leveraged to support Research and Innovation initiatives for Electric Vehicles
- Telangana Industrial Infrastructure is unmatched with its vast Industrial land bank, 24*7 Power, and water supply. Telangana holds a strong logistic advantage with its location on India’s Map and excellent highway.
- Telangana has abundant native labour supply for all shop floor activities in a manufacturing environment.
6. VISION STATEMENT
To establish Telangana as the benchmark state in India and a showcase model of International standards for Electric Vehicle adoption across segments (personal, shared and commercial), supported by a world-class infrastructure and ecosystem.
7. MISSION STATEMENT
The EV policy is targeted to achieve 100% migration to Electric Vehicles by 2030 in Telangana state in alignment with Government of India vision, supported by enabling infrastructure and local manufacturing base for Electric Vehicles and related components
- To attract investments worth 3.0 B USD and create employment for 50000 persons by 2022 through EV manufacturing & charging infrastructure development.
- Provide best in class ecosystem & infrastructure to make Telangana the EV Hub of India
- Develop a proving ground for viable Business models through accelerated demand for EVS
- Promote innovation in EVs and other emerging trends such as Autonomous/Connected Mobility
- Make Telangana state the preferred destination for Electric Vehicle &component manufacturing
- Creating a pool of skilled workforce for the Industry
- Create an ambiance for Industry & Research institutions to focus on cutting edge research in EV technologies
- Clear Definition of incentives on Supply and Demand Side of an Electric Vehicle ecosystem
- Support and a clear roadmap for developing charging infrastructure in the state
- Incentives related to various components of ownership cost of Electric Vehicles
- Mandating Use of EVs at Institutional Level Starting with Government entities
- Establishing a start-up ecosystem to nurture innovation in EV technology space
- Support for Research & Innovation in Electric, Autonomous & Connected Mobility
- Emphasis on skill development for EV design, development & manufacturing
- Promote manufacturing of Battery cells and packs through special status/ incentives
10. POLICY MEASURES
This policy builds upon the Telangana Industrial Policy framework 2014 that defined the Auto Sector as one of the priority sectors. However, considering the current shift in the Auto Sector towards Electric Vehicles, special status is accorded here to EV and EV component Industry. Both demand and supply side is assigned equal importance for policy support as demand is key to establishing an EV ecosystem.
10.1 Demand Side Incentives:
- a) Road tax exemption for all-electric vehicles till 2025, expected year of price parity with ICE vehicles
- b) Simulate demand for EVs through areas of quick adoption such as Taxi services, Public Transport and Institutional transportation
- c) Establish an adequate network of charging/swapping
- d) Preferential Allotment will be made to Make in Telangana Vehicles for Government Orders
10.1.1 EV in Shared Mobility
- a) Battery operated shuttle services at all Hyderabad Metro Stations for last-mile connectivity
- b) A time-bound mandate for all auto rickshaws within GHMC to switch to EV, followed by other cities
- c) Encourage cab operators/ aggregators to switch to full EV fleet in a phased manner.
- d) Permission for corporate ownership of e-auto rickshaws/e-Ricks to enable entrepreneurship and create jobs for the economically backward segments.
- e) Extension of transport department retro fitment rule for existing vehicles.
- f) Permission for ARAI certified E-rickshaws in the state.
10.1.2 EV in Public/Institutional Transport
- a) Telangana State Transport corporation to set a target of 100% electric buses induction into their fleet.
- b) Airport flight shuttles and PUSHPAK buses to be transitioned to EV on priority
- c) Government vehicles (owned and contractual) to switch to all-electric by 2025, in a phased manner.
- d) Contract carriage permits for private operators with EV fleet operations
- e) Tourist places (national parks, ecological sites) in the state to switch to all EVs for transportation in and around their premises.
10.1.3 EV in Corporate Transport, Hospitals and Educational Institutes
- a) Corporate offices with an annual turnover of Rs 50+ Crores operating within city limits to compulsorily migrate 50% of their employee commuting fleet to EVs
- b) Allow use of CSR funds for electrification of employee commuting fleets
- c) Encourage educational institutions & hospitals for a 50% switch of their Buses/Derivatives/Passenger vehicles fleet to Electric Vehicles
10.1.4 EV in Freight Transport, Logistics & Delivery Services and other applications
- a) Encourage all freight and logistics firms to use Electric Vehicles in a phased manner
- b) Intra-city goods delivery services (sub 2T category) to switch to EVs only by 2030 in a phased manner
- c) Encourage all app-based and e-commerce delivery services to migrate 100% of their vehicles fleet to EVs
- d) Use of Battery operated Application vehicles will be encouraged in government departments such as Municipal Corporations, Postal Services etc. across Telangana State.
10.1.5 EV for personal mobility
- a) Exemption of registration charges on personal vehicles purchase
- b) Interest-free loans up to 50% of the cost to all state government employees for the purchase of EVs
- c) Only Electric vehicles will be allowed in high traffic density areas, Heritage zones, IT SEZs and similar EV Zones in Hyderabad.
- d) Free Parking in public parking places and Toll exemption on State Highways for EVs
10.2 Supports for Charging Infrastructure
- a) Adequate policy support will be provided for the development of charging/swapping infrastructure
- b ) Government of Telangana will work with GOI for the development of common standards for batteries and charging infrastructure to ensure interoperability wherever possible.
- c) Government will set up first 100 fast charging stations in GHMC and other cities in a phased manner.
- d) Charging points for personal vehicles of Government employees would be provided at Government office parking lots, starting with Hyderabad, followed by other cities in the state.
- e) A viable business model will be developed for Private players to setup ARAI compliant EV charging stations/ infrastructure at public places such as airports, railway/ metro stations, parking lots, bus depots, markets and malls.
- f) Electricity distribution companies will bring in amendments to their policies to enable setting up of private charging station and allow re-sale of power
- g) A separate category of Power tariff will be created for EV Charging, both public and private. Duty exemption on power tariff will be extended to public charging stations for duration of 5 years
- h) Land belonging to Government Agencies within Hyderabad and other cities will be offered to private players on long term lease at subsidized rates and 2 year moratorium period on rental payment for setting up charging/swapping stations, through a transparent bidding process.
- i) Provision for charging spots will be made mandatory in all commercial buildings
- j) Amendment to building and construction laws will be made to ensure charging infrastructure is integrated at the planning stage itself for all new constructions.
- k) All existing apartment associations with 200+ families will be encouraged to provide charging points in parking lots.
- i) Existing Residential Townships with 1000+ families will be encouraged to develop charging stations
- m) 75% of SGST paid on the fast charging equipment / machinery procured by any entity for setting up private/public/institutional charging stations will be reimbursed.
- n) Supply of Renewable energy will be ensured on preferential basis at special tariffs for EV charging stations with zero connection cost and wheeling charges
- o) A battery disposal infrastructure model will be created to facilitate deployment of used EV batteries
- p) Charging/ swapping station will be provided at every 50 kms within state boundaries on highway.
- q) HMR stations and TSRTC Bus depots (across state) will provide reserved parking and free charging stations for two wheelers in their parking zones
10.3 Supply Side Incentives:
The Government will provide benefits/incentives, depending upon the scale of investment as per the categories defined in MSMED act 2006 and Telangana Industrial Policy framework 2014. Investments beyond 200 Crores will be treated as Mega Projects and will be offered tailor made benefits
10.3.1 Infrastructure Support:
EV Cluster: A designated EV cluster spread over 1500-2000 acres catering to EV/EV component manufacturing for two wheelers, Cars, Buses & Trucks will be integrated with the Automotive Park plan. The EV cluster will have common facilities specific to the requirements of EV units, as given below
- Shared facilities to meet staffing and training requirements
- A common facility for Design, prototyping and testing available to all units in the cluster
An Automotive Suppliers Park(ASP) to improve the logistics competitiveness for the units
- Common infrastructure such as Drainage/ ETP/ STP& utilities such as Power, Gas &Water
- A State-of-art Business environment with facilities such as Convention & exhibition centres
- A Logistics Hub to provide with multimodal transport for safe and efficient handling of cargo
Built-Up Space with ready factory sheds will be developed to be used mainly by MSME units.
a) Automotive Electronics Cluster: An Automotive Electronics Cluster will be developed within the proposed Electronics city near Hyderabad where Special status and incentives will be accorded to units manufacturing electronic components including batteries cells/Packs for Electric Vehicles.
b) Land: Allotment of land will be carried out across three categories:
- Plots in Integrated Automotive Parks & EV Clusters developed by TSIIC for purchase or on lease with common facilities including ETP, internal infrastructure and other common facilities
- Individual Plots on Stand-Alone Basis outside the Industrial Parks developed by TSIIC
- Land for Development of Automotive Park / EV Cluster developed through privately owned or PPP modes of investments
c) Industrial Water: Government has earmarked 10% water from all existing and new irrigation sources for industrial utilization. Water will be provided at subsidised rates to Mega Projects
d) Industrial Power: 24*7 Power supply is a norm for Industrial units operating in Telangana State. Furthermore, Power Tariff Subsidy and duty exemption will be extended to EV units in the state.
e) Support Infrastructure: Support infrastructure like roads, power and water will be provided at door step of the industry for standalone units through Infrastructure assistance under IIDF
f) Environmental Infrastructure: In the Auto Parks / EV Clusters, Government will facilitate the development of a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)/Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in PPP mode by engaging experienced firms.
10.3.2 Research & Development:
Considering that the EV technologies are fast evolving, the need for Research & Development is key to accelerate the parity point of price/performance with ICE vehicles. It will also help develop solutions as per local operating conditions and local supply chain considerations.
- Smart Mobility Technologies Cluster (SMT): T-Hub has launched a start-up incubation program named Smart Mobility Technologies cluster, to promote innovation in advance mobility space, particularly EVs. SMT Cluster will form a mentor board in partnership with EV, shared mobility, and Energy firms to help start-ups translate their ideas into a viable business model. An Incubation fund with Industry support will be created to provide financial support to Start-ups in EV space.
- Mobility Engineering Cluster: A Mobility Engineering will be developed with Industry partnership. This facility with its state of the art infrastructure is envisaged to establish a global benchmark in design, development and validation for EVs and autonomous/ connected mobility.
- Centre of Excellence: State Government will partner with premier Technical Institutes and research establishments across the state to establishing Centre of Excellence for conducting market-focused research on Battery Technologies, battery management, motors, and controllers.
- EV Research Hub: A dedicated facility with special incentives will be developed to house EV R&D centers by local and global EV Majors.
- Telangana EV Innovation Fund: An Innovation fund will be created by the government to offer financial support to EV OEMs, ancillaries, and Start-ups for research and innovation in Battery technologies.
- EV Testing Facility: One of the major costs for the industry is the testing of components and vehicles for compliance with global standards. Telangana State will pursue with the GOI to bring a National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) for Electric Vehicles to the state
- T-Works Automotive Prototyping center: Recognised as India’s largest Prototyping Center, T-WORKS will have a dedicated wing for prototyping of Electric Vehicle components/assembly. Industry partnership in the same will be invited from EV OEMs and large component manufacturers. The facility will serve start-ups and MSME units in the EV space at subsidised rates.
The availability of quality manpower in good supply is key to supporting any Industrial operation. The state will identify nature and quantum of the skill set required by the institute to develop and execute training programs on EV design, development & manufacturing through various channels
- Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge(TASK): On lines of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a not-for-profit company under the Companies Act, 2013. A dedicated Skill development centre for EV/EV component manufacturing on PPP model will be set up under the aegis of TASK and with support from EV Industry.
- Finishing Courses: Short term (4-6 months) finishing course post completion of graduate Engineering courses will be introduced in select Engineering Colleges and Premier Technical Institutes in collaboration with Global Tech Universities. These courses will be designed in consultation with EV Industry and will include short internship module at partnering OEMs
- PG Courses on EVs: 2-year PG course on EV Technology with scholarship assistance will be initiated in partnership with premier institutes such as IIT Hyderabad and IIIT Hyderabad and in consultation with the EV industry. NIT Warangal is already running one such master’s programme.
10.3.4 Battery Cell Manufacturing and Assembly Promotion
Manufacture and assembly of Advance* batteries will be encouraged in the State by means of special status and incentives.
*Lithium-ion and other battery chemistries with an energy density higher than the Li-ion battery
10.3.5Charging/swapping Equipment Manufacturing Promotion
Development of a charging network is dependent on the quality supply of charging/swapping equipment &machinery.
10.4 OTHER POLICY INTERVENTIONS
- Single-Window System: Telangana implemented TS i-PASS in 2015, an Industrial Project approval system based on self-certification. It also protects Investors interest with Right to Single Window Clearance and provision for penal action on the officers who delay the applications.
- Exit Mechanism: Considering the high volatility and the risk associated with maturing EV Technologies, the Government of Telangana in consultation with the Government of India will put in place a mechanism for a reasonable exit strategy for the EV enterprises.
- Labour Environment: Subject to applicable laws as far as possible, the Government will consider giving permission to the Electric Vehicle and components industry for 24×7 (three shifts) operations, employment of women in night shifts, flexibility in employment conditions including working hours for women and shorter/ longer shift timings and hiring of contract workers.
- Technical Committee to certify/define an EV enterprise: A Technical Committee will be constituted with a mandate to certify/define Vehicle/ components Manufacturers including EV lithium-ion battery units claiming incentives and concessions under Telangana Electric Vehicle Policy.
- Steering Committee for EV Charging Infrastructure: A steering committee will be constituted with a mandate of time-bound implementation of charging station network in Hyderabad City followed by other cities/smart cities within Telangana State
- Telangana State EV Advisory council: A “State Electric Vehicle Advisory Council” shall be constituted with support from SIAM, ACMA, SMEV, CII, FICCI and other industry associations. This council and will have distinguished members from Industry, Academia and Research who will review the progress of EV policy initiatives on both demand and supply side. The council will advise the Government on remedial measures needed to address any concern as well as course corrections at policy level. This Consultative Committee shall also facilitate coordination with the Government of India in areas requiring support for effective development of EV ecosystem in the state
Things have changed post covid19 unlock. The awareness about health, hygiene & habitat has exponentially increased & community are adhering these as essentials. New business agenda are set & every business has adapted essence of need to protect the surrounding to be safe. The Logistic EV wagon manufacturers have even brought in some attractive option for anyone who is looking for better cost optimisation & add their brand in ecological friendly business.
Why are the EVs viable & attractive options?
Making it easier to purchase
As a layman or a business tycoon, it is always a priority to maintain the suitable investment & running cost of the business. The special incentives & initiatives by the Government of India as well as various state governments have made the fuel vehicle a serious no-no for most of the business/owners. The exemption in taxes makes the EVs a viable and highly attractive option for the logistics.
An optimised logistic solutions
In my experience, most merchandise/ business don’t currently have company fleet for logistic. This is because they don’t want to divert & take trouble of fleet management. With EVs now a more viable alternative, it’s possible to get the high-yield logistic you want, but within the range of business.
Removing fuel based fleet within the campus or hub range for zero-emission e-cart/e-rickshaw is a game changer. EVs suddenly has become a great option for anyone looking to purchase an efficient solution for their business logistic, while also removing the harmful emissions from ICE automobile, making your commute more environmentally sound.
If you want an efficient commute, it’s a no-brainer to opt for ease to drive & economical viable EVs. Under the new rules from the Government of India, you could buy Adapt Motors’ SWEEKAR model for Hundred Thousand Rupees only, which is far lesser than any Fuel-engine goods/passenger carrier that inreturn incur tax and costs that would make purchasing one as a company vehicle totally impractical, but by going the EV route, you get the same performance with more efficiency.
Driving down your carbon footprint
Of course, the lower tax costs & cost of the vehicle are not the only reasons for choosing an EV. In 2020, with climate change high on the agenda, there’s a pressing need for all of us to become more environmentally friendly – and choosing a more sustainable vehicle is key to this. The awareness created around due pandemic situation & responsibility among the individual to contribute to the society is also a driving factor for implementing e-mobility solution for business.
The Government is doing the right thing and promoting the use of EVs to help lower carbon emissions and meet the India’s sustainability targets. And by making use of these new incentives, you can do your bit to lower your own carbon footprint. It’s now not just your contribution but even your responsibility & would replicate your business attitude towards society.
Leasing, buying or financing your EV
Choosing the best way to finance your new performance EV can seem like a complex task to begin with. Knowing whether you’re better off buying the vehicle outright or leasing it through the business is a big decision and something where professional advice is a definite bonus.
At Adapt Motors, we can help you understand the EV opportunity and make the most of buying or leasing a desirable EV through your company.
Our advisors can help you:
- Choose the right type of vehicle – we’ll make sure you’re looking at fully electric vehicles that meet the criteria for emissions and range, and that you’re not opting for one of the many hybrid petrol/electric models that don’t qualify for the discounted tax option.
- Decide whether to buy or lease – once you’ve narrowed down your choice of EV, we’ll help you calculate whether the best route is to lease the vehicle, go for a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) – similar to a hire purchase arrangement – or buy the vehicle outright through your business. Any EV you purchase will be bought through the company and becomes an asset that will depreciate over time.
- Help you to setup the infrastructure & training to the drivers in regards to usage & maintenance of the vehicle for more efficient mileage. They also map out the route for fleet managers & keep a periodical track of route metrics to understand and develop better solution over the period.
Now’s the time to switch to an EV
Choosing a new EV as your company vehicle is a great opportunity, but one where professional advice will help you gets more value from your new vehicle. By taking the EV route, you can end up driving a highly sustainable performance vehicle, that meets your goals as an owner and is also more economical to finance and run than a similarly speed ICE vehicle.
The Adapt Motors is a good starting point for narrowing down your choice of vehicle. Talk to us about your EV options and the opportunity for purchasing high-spec sustainable electric passenger/goods carriers. Find our E-mobility solutions at Adapt Electric .
Recently Union Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing a webinar on, “India’s electric roadmap post-COVID19” has said that India would transform itself as the manufacturing hub for electric vehicles in next 5 years. He was also certain that there would be rise in sales of electric vehicles.
The Indian automotive market comprises of 76% of 2 wheeler users i.e. 23 crores vehicles, thus it flaunts the potential penetrable market. In 2019, India has seen a record sale of 1.7 crores 2 wheeler.Now the question arises, how do Indians commute? Yes, your guess it right. The answer is Public Transportation. Let us understand the role play of the public transportation & their feasibility.
Everyday around 7 crores people commute in 1.7 lakhs local buses in the county. Approximately 1.5 crores people travel in local /metro every day. Almost 4-4.5 crores people use public transport for daily to & fro. Hence almost, 13 crores are still using some or the means of public transportation for their daily need.
Scenario: Post Covid19 lockdown.
Though the country is moving towards the unlock stage, the impact of the COVID19 has not controlled or eradicate completely. TheCOVID19 has not only impacted the lives on grounds of health but even economically. The decision to unlock was to sustain the economical crisis but the impact of COVID has not yet curbed. Hence, now it becomes the responsibility of every individual to defend themselves & be safe as well as hygienic. The new mantra of Social Distancing would be a critical challenge in the post lockdown scenario. The challenge would be greater while commute, as the statistic speaks, the buses & trains/metro are almost overcrowded 15 times the normal threshold. This shall not allow a generic commuter to use these means of transportation current pandemic situation.
Implication of 2 Wheeler sales & electric mobility in particular
By looking at the scenario of commute after lockdown, there would be certain rise in 2 wheeler sale, owing to need for personal mobility. According to the a study conducted by Frost and Sulllivan – e-rickshaw, e-autos and e-two wheeler are the most promising segments for e-mobility in India are supposed to account 40 lakhs sales by 2025. The study also suggests that 40% of scooters in the country will be electric in next 7-8 years.
Factors for electric vehicle sales growth:
The major factors that will drive the sales in EV segment will be
Personal Commute need The need to maintain the social distancing & scarcity of public transportation services will channelize the daily commuter to purchase/lease self vehicle. The loss of job & shift in the business model in many segments would drive the need of logistic to serve people and thereby direct the consumers to purchase/lease the vehicle for bread earning.
Environment consciousness The COVID19 has brought many self conscious measures like cleanliness, self-hygienic, sanitation & appreciation for cleaner environment. This awareness would be a major drive to choose EV over ICE. The youth & middle class families would like to contribute in their own way for the cause of society.
Fuel Cost The rising price of fuel due to International economic slowdown shall discourage the commuter to purchase the fuel based vehicles. On the other hand, the decrease in the cost of generating renewable energy resources would gain more market & thus make public prefer EV for their personal use as it would be more economical and efficient.
Lower Income Segment Most potential penetrable market in India is the Lower Income Group and this section of society has a major pie in Indian population census. To attract this section, the EV sets a better par in the running cost of the vehicle which is very viable & a good marketing strategy by the EV manufacturer or trader will give a greater edge to keep a competitive selling price with their counter fuel based vehicle.
Though the COVID19 was one of the worst hit crises for the mankind in this half of century, the pandemic has brought even the consciousness of protecting the society in large. The self-realization & self-reliance would become the new mantra post COVID19. The businesses would add-on the benefit that the product or service shall bring to the society over the individual. The businesses like EV business, which from the beginning is striving for the cause of greener society shall flourish & attain the success of being the prominent economic gainer in coming years. There shall be a new purchase & usage behavior among the consumers. New business models in ride-sharing, peer to peer sharing, rentals, leasing are emerging and will offer a boost to this industry in a very big way.