Kerala aims to introduce 1 million electric vehicles by 2022

Kerala has set an ambitious EV plan under which the state aims to roll out 1 million electric vehicles on the state road. These will include 3,000 buses, 2 lakh two-wheelers, 50,000 three-wheelers, 1,000 goods carriers and 100 ferries as pat of the pilot fleet and all of them will come as electric powered.

Not only rolling out electric vehicles, but under the EV policy Kerala will also invest on charging infrastructure and and suitable technology development as well, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said after inaugurating a two-day event 'Evolve: Kerala mobility conference and expo'.

Under this plan, Kerala government owned Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) plans to roll out 8,000 e-autos every year. The company has partnered with Swiss electric bus manufacturer HESS for its EV plan that includes manufacturing 3,000 electric buses for KSRTC.

Kerala Chief Minister also said, Thiruvananthapuram would have 100% electric public transport system within a year.

Meanwhile, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has promised subsidies and exemptions for the e-mobility and urged Kerala to take the leading seat for local manufacturing of all items needed for e-mobility rather than importing them from foreign countries.

Kerala has been a front-runner among the Indian states when it comes to using green mobility solutions for public transportation. The state launched first LNG bus and solar ferry in India.

Kerala Government will build the charging infrastructure for the electric vehicle fleet in association with the NTPC, Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EESL).

Besides the plan of launching electric vehicle fleet, Kerala Government is also planning to create E-mobility zones in tourist spots including Kovalam, Munnar and Bekal alongside the Secretariat, Technopark and Infopark.