Officials told ANI that the Himachal Pradesh government is planning to replace all diesel and petrol-run vehicles with electric ones in government departments in a phased manner over the next five years.
The Himachal Pradesh government is planning to convert all petrol-diesel cars into electric cars in the next 5 years. Principal Media Advisor to Chief Minister Naresh Chauhan said that to keep the environment clean and green, the government will give priority to electric vehicles.
He said that for the next five years the government department would buy only electric vehicles while the number of charging stations would also be increased in the state. “We will conserve the environment and also save energy, our government has decided to purchase electric vehicles in all government departments during the next five years,” Chouhan said.
The state government will start procuring electric vehicles while the number of charging stations will be worked out. The state already has an electric vehicle policy, which was introduced in 2021, and aims to introduce at least 15 percent electric vehicles by 2025.
Under the EV policy, the Himachal government has set incentives for adoption of electric vehicles in all sectors and also plans to build a public EV charging station network. The state’s EV policy states that major cities and towns will have at least one EV charging station within every one square kilometre.
There will be at least one slow charging station every 25 km on both sides of the state highway. Also, there will be at least one fast charging station every 50 km on each side of the National Highways.
The state government’s EV policy further states that Shimla, Baddi and Dharamshala are three cities ready for electric mobility and would be ideal cities to own it. It has also been envisaged to electrify the buses and cabs of the Himachal Transport Corporation in the coming days.