Karnataka govt to introduce 3,000 e-buses, says minister

The Karnataka government said it is looking at introducing 3,000 e-buses in the state as part of its e-vehicle promotion policy in the next three years. 

At an e-vehicle summit, KJ George, minister of large and medium scale industries, said there will be special concessions and incentives to those wanting to set up manufacturing units for e-vehicles in the state. 

“For the first 150 charging stations we will offer a subsidy. Karnataka is the first state to have a comprehensive policy for e-vehicles and energy storage,” he said.

He said Karnataka aims to attract Rs 31,000 crore in investments and generate employment for 55,000 from the e-vehicle segment.

 

The Karnataka government also aims to shift 50% of vehicles contracted/used by government officials for official work to e-vehicles, said Darpan Jain, commissioner for industrial development and commerce. 

The government also plans to work with private bus fleet operators and incentivise them to change.

(Agencies)