Mrunal Manmay Dash

Odisha government on Wednesday amended the Electric Vehicle Policy-2021 by increasing the subsidy on the purchase of two-wheeler, three-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles substantially.

The State Transport Department informed this through a notification.

As per the notification, “The clause 4.1.1 of the said Policy, i.e., the purchase incentive which will be effective during the policy period, has been increased.”

The maximum subsidy the State will provide on the purchase of electricity-powered two-wheelers is Rs 20,000. Similarly, Rs 30,000 will be provided for three-wheelers and Rs 1.5 lakh subsidy will be provided for four-wheelers.

The Odisha government had brought the "Odisha Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021" with a targeted adoption of 20% electric vehicles by the end of 2025 as a measure to reduce vehicular pollution.

“However, it was found that only 4.48% of electric vehicles have been registered by the end of 2022 which is not satisfactory in comparison to the policy objective,” the notification read.

As per the existing policy, the State government has allowed 100 percent exemption of motor vehicle (MV) taxes and also registration fees for all types of battery-operated vehicles (electric vehicles) up to December 31, 2025.

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