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Electric vehicles gear up to hit Kerala roads as govt's policy on e-transport

By A Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Jan 8: As the part of  Kerala government's policy on electric vehicles as public transport, electric powered autorickshaws primed to hit the road soon.
The new plan is to issue taxi permits to only e-autorickashaws so that there will be a huge cutoff in the number of petrol/diesel fueled vehicles and there by reducing air pollution also.
The state authorities held the meeting with Ashok Jhunjhunwala, professor, IIT Chennai, and former adviser associated with central governments electric vehicle program to analyse the economic aspects for electric vehicles to make it the preliminary mode of transport. The final draft is due for one month.
The preliminary draft encompass the setting up of battery swap kiosks at fuel stations in cooperation with Bharat Petroleum and Kerala State Electricity Board.
Low cost programmes to convert fuel-powered autorickshwas into e-autos. Tax cut for e-vehicles. To avoid monopoly in prices discard from agreements with auto manufacturers in initial phase.
Convert this existing vehicles operating in ecologically fragile areas into e-vehicles in a time bound manner.
Proposed power tariff for charging e-vehicles (per unit).
Between 11 pm to 5 am :Rs 5
Between 6 pm to 11 pm :Rs 6
Between 5pm to 6 pm:  Rs 5.50.
Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) aims at picking Mahindra electric cars for its pilot project aimed
in popularising battery run vehicles in the state.