Electric and Hybrid Cars – FAME, National Electric Mobility Mission, etc.

Electric vehicles charging stations need no licence, clarifies Power Ministry


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies & interventions for development in various sectors & issues arising out of their design & implementation

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Electricity Act, National Electric Mobility Mission Plan

Mains level: India’s push for e-vehicles and various schemes related to it

Encouraging e-vehicles

  1. The Power Ministry has categorized charging batteries of electric vehicles as a service
  2. The move will help such stations operate without a license and encourage the use of e-vehicles

Electricity Act

  1. Transmission, distribution, and trading of electricity need licences under the Electricity Act
  2. Therefore, all utilities have to seek licences for sale of power to consumers

Why charging stations do not come under the purview of this act?

  1. During the charging of e-vehicles, a station does not perform any activity related to the transmission, distribution or trading of electricity
  2. Hence charging of batteries of electric vehicles through charging station does not any require license under the provision of the Electricity Act 2003

National Electric Mobility Mission Plan

  1. The government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan launched in 2013 aims at ensuring 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles in India by 2020
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