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35,000 buses to be converted to EV in Karnataka

After the introduction of electric buses in some states of the country, Karnataka also plans to convert all buses in the state to electric by the end of this decade. Under the Smart City Project, Karnataka is running 90 electric buses for 12 years since the end of last year. About three months ago, the Delhi government also approved the induction of 1,500 low floor electric buses in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) fleet.

Karnataka Transport Minister B Sriramulu told the assembly that the state has not yet purchased any electric bus. These buses are being run on contract. Karnataka to soon introduce buses electric vehicles will convert to . On the rising prices of diesel, he said that the cost of running diesel buses is Rs 68.53 per kilometer, while the cost of electric buses running on contract is Rs 64.67 per kilometer. The state has placed an order for 300 electric buses under the FAME II scheme of the central government.

The Maharashtra government has also bought electric buses. Recently, the Rajasthan government has implemented a new electric vehicle policy giving grants to EV buyers. Under this, the state government has approved a contribution of Rs 40 crore for the purchase of EV.

This policy The objective is to increase the number of electric vehicles in the state. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced this policy in the state budget. The state government has issued a notification to implement the Rajasthan Electric Vehicle Policy (REVP). The draft of this policy was approved a few months back. To encourage the purchase of EVs, the state government will give exemption in State Goods and Services Tax (SGST). Incentives are also being given by the central government to promote electric vehicles in the country. Some foreign automobile companies are also launching their EV models in this market. However, Tesla, the largest electric car maker, has postponed plans to start its business in India due to non-availability of import duty exemption. Tesla had demanded the central government to reduce the import duty, but the government refused to do so.

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