22 September 2022: The recently announced Electric Vehicle Policy, 2022 in Chandigarh is set to give an impetus to the UT’s adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs). The initiative – which will be valid for 5 years – offers subsidies for electric two-wheelers, e-carts, e-autos, commercial e-vehicles, and four-wheeler cars as well. Key players and members of CII in Chandigarh tricity in the electric vehicle business in India have responded to the announcement of the revised EV policy, recognising its significance, and lauding the UT Administration’s efforts to make Chandigarh a ‘Model EV City’.
Of the recommendations made by CII, the suggestions on Charging infrastructure, amendments in Building and Construction, and other key issues have been incorporated into the policy.
As per the policy, Chandigarh shall amend existing building bye-laws in accordance with Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016 for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure. The building premises shall also enable additional power load, equivalent to the power required for all charging points to be operated simultaneously. Also, all new/renovated residential and non-residential building owners shall be encouraged to install Private Charging Points (PCPs) within their premises.
Mr Rajiv Kaila, Chairman, CII Chandigarh UT said, “It is heartening to see Chandigarh Administration incorporating recommendations from CII in the EV Policy of Chandigarh.”
For a robust EV Ecosystem to evolve, the administration will now need to focus on the availability of quality power from renewable sources. The transmission and distribution infrastructure will need to be strengthened on an ongoing basis based on scientific projections of load requirements. Increasing R&D facilities and setting upskilling centres will prove to be solid support for the sector, mentioned Mr Kaila.