First Electric Vehicle Policy Approved in Bihar

The state government’s main goal in implementing the Bihar EV policy is to promote sustainable mobility.
  • Published On: 06/12/23
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  • To make it more appealing to customers, the policy will offer several incentives.
  • The new policy also suggests providing incentives for both the scrapping of old EVs and electric vehicle parts.

The Bihar government has finally approved its first Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy. In a recently held cabinet meeting, the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, declared that the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2023 has been approved with the aim of promoting EVs in Bihar. The decision was taken to raise the adoption of zero-emission models and reduce pollution. The state government is aiming to see electric vehicles make up at least 25 percent of total vehicle sales by 2028.

To make it more appealing to customers, the policy will offer several incentives. The new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy suggests providing discounts of up to 75 percent on motor vehicle tax. The EV policy will provide incentives of up to INR 1.25 lakh for the first batch of 1,000 EVs bought in Bihar. Under the new policy, various benefits will also be given to the first ten thousand electric two-wheelers.

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The additional chief secretary (cabinet secretariat), S. Siddharth, stated that, “The main objective of the scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by the people by offering incentives on purchase of electric vehicles and by establishing a necessary charging infrastructure. The scheme will help in addressing the issue of environmental pollution and fuel security."

The proposal suggested in the new schemes is very similar to EV policies proposed in other states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, and others. The state government’s main goal in implementing the Bihar EV policy is to promote sustainable mobility.

The Bihar Electric Policy 2023 seeks to get more investments in the state by setting up its EV ecosystem with the support of industries. The policy has suggested using renewable energy for the electric vehicle charging stations, along with tariff rates of INR 8/KvA for high-tension electrical vehicle charging stations for the current financial year. The new policy also suggests providing incentives for both the scrapping of old EVs and electric vehicle parts.

Under the PM-e Bus Sewa scheme, the Bihar government has also given approval for the purchase of 400 e-buses in the state. These new electric buses will operate in a total of six districts of Bihar, incorporating Gaya, Darbhanga, Patna, Purnea, Muzaffarpur, and Bhagalpur.

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