Goa’s Ambitious Plan for Electric Vehicles

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that starting from January 2024, all new tourist vehicles, rental cars, and rental motorbikes in the state will be electric, as part of the state government’s efforts to promote electric vehicles (EVs). Sawant made this announcement at an event organized by NITI Aayog in Panaji, where he also stated that permit holders with multiple tourist taxis, rental cars, and bikes must convert 30% of their fleets to EVs by June 2024. Sawant highlighted that Goa’s per capita vehicle ownership is 4.5 times the national average, and the state ranks 15th in vehicle density. He emphasized that the large number of taxis, rent-a-vehicle services, and buses ferrying tourists contribute significantly to carbon emissions in the state, with 40% of total carbon emissions being generated by vehicles. The Goa government has introduced the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy 2021 to promote the adoption of EVs and aims to convert 50% of boat ferries to electric by 2025, as well as create 10,000 new jobs by 2025. Additionally, the government has implemented the EV Concessional Charging Infrastructure Policy 2021 to support the EV ecosystem. Sawant also mentioned that the state aims to have 30% of vehicles registered annually in Goa from 2025 to be electric. India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant stressed the importance of targeting 100% electrification of two-wheelers and three-wheelers by 2030, highlighting that 75% of vehicles in India are two-wheelers. He emphasized the need for a clear policy framework, low-cost financing, and a robust charging infrastructure to achieve this target. Kant also emphasized that electric mobility is the future and represents India’s biggest opportunity to become a global champion in the automobile sector.

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