Electric cars will now have a green number plate. Scaling up efforts to push eco-friendly transportation, the centre has asked all the state departments to make green number plates mandatory for all the battery-operated vehicles in the country, according to a report in Times of India.
The latest missive is aimed to help distinguish green vehicles to provide easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like concessional toll.
In other policy changes, the government is planning on allowing youngsters in the age group of 16-18 years to ride e-scooters, these are gearless, easy to use and will lead to a big demand for such scooters, Deccan Herald reported.
Apart from promoting green mobility, it will also curb accidents caused by young riders in the country as the maximum speed of an electric scooter is 70 km per hour, the report said.
The government has already done away with state and regional permits for electric vehicles (EVs) and those that run on alternative fuels like methanol and bio-fuel. The missive will also be applicable to electric busses and other electric commercial vehicles that are already on road. Currently, Tata Motors and Mahindra make electric cars in India for both the private and commercial sectors, NDTV reported. India has set a target of electric vehicles making up 30 % of new sales of cars and two-wheelers by 2030 from less than 1 % today.