Pune sets sights on all-electric vehicle future, Environment Minister calls on housing companies to install chargers – Punekar News
Pune, December 16, 2021: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in collaboration with RMI India, an independent think tank, today hosted the first City Electric Vehicle (EV) Accelerator workshop to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Pune.
During the workshop, the municipal government presented the current electric mobility initiatives and encouraged key industry stakeholders to share their recommendations. Discussions focused on topics such as charging infrastructure, urban freight, first and last mile connectivity, and governance and awareness campaigns. PMC shared its vision and roadmap for the New Urban Electric Vehicle Cell, a one-of-a-kind governance mechanism for electric vehicles in the country.
Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Tourism and Protocol, Gouv. from Maharashtra attended the event and reiterated the state’s climate agenda. He underscored Maharashtra’s commitment to reducing emissions from the transport sector and praised Pune’s leadership in translating the ambition of the state’s EV policy into actions at the ground level.
“The City EV Accelerator initiative will help Pune redefine and sustain its mobility system. Pune’s EV cell model will serve as an example for the rest of Maharashtra and should be replicated to meet the state’s EV targets for 2025. Some housing companies are showing resistance to installing chargers, we need them convince of its safety, affordability and advantages. We have already made policy changes and it is mandatory for new housing projects to install chargers, ”said the Minister.
Stakeholders from the municipal administration and representatives of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), charging infrastructure manufacturers and operators, fleet aggregators, start-ups were also present at the workshop. -ups, universities and civil society.
The workshop saw the participation of senior state officials, including the Additional Chief Secretary (Transport), Ashish Kumar Singh. Vikram Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, PMC and Dr Kunal Khemnar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, PMC, were present along with members of the Pune EV cell.
Ashish Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport), Government of Maharashtra, said: “We hope that the incentives offered under the National Electric Vehicle Policy can help Pune move towards a ready infrastructure and ecosystem. electric vehicles. We are working to provide a charger within a radius of 3 km.
The rapid deployment of electric vehicles in Pune will be crucial for its commitment to the United Nations Race to Zero campaign on climate change and its 10-year carbon neutral goal.
Vikram Kumar, Municipal Commissioner of Pune, said during his remarks: “Pune is one of the first Indian cities to implement an EV cell to promote the adoption of EVs. The EV cell is a one-stop-shop for all authorizations, required NOCs from various departments. We are preparing a workable urban EV readiness plan and aim to implement projects over the next year that will see Pune massively adopt EVs, reducing air pollution and systems carbon emissions. transport based on fossil fuels. 500 electric buses will join the public transport fleet by March 2022. We are also working on the rental of buses to small businesses to transport their employees. In order to make the EV more attractive, we are offering property tax reductions that have
Akshima Ghate, Senior Director of RMI India, said: “RMI India is inspired by the progressive actions of the government of Maharashtra. We are committed to supporting the transition to clean mobility in Pune and look forward to working with more cities to develop new strategies to nurture the electric vehicle ecosystem.
The City EV Accelerator platform will continue to engage stakeholders to address implementation challenges for EV adoption.
Kinetic Green Senior Director Mehboob Ali Khan said in his suggestions: “Electric rickshaws should be part of the state government’s policy on electric vehicles and be eligible for a subsidy. They should be allowed to register and travel throughout the city in order to build a cost-effective and robust last mile power supply for the city’s metro, buses and railways. The EV cell of the city of Pune should include representatives of the industry.