Despite the push for electric vehicles and subsidies involved, Meghalaya so far has only 129 electric vehicles registered in the State.
As per Vahan4 of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as on July 14, the total number of vehicles registered in the State is 5,11,744.
As such, the proportion of electric vehicles in Meghalaya is a mere 0.03 per cent.
The Meghalaya government through the Meghalaya Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 has emphasised accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles for a clean and green environment in the State.
The objective of the Meghalaya Electric Vehicle Policy is to facilitate the adoption of at least 15 per cent electric vehicles in the State by 2025.
Under the policy, subsidies are offered for various categories of electric vehicles.
The Commissionerate of Transport will be the Nodal Agency for implementation of the provisions of this Policy.
All electric vehicles registered in Meghalaya shall be issued a green number plate in accordance with the latest notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India
Meanwhile, under Phase-II of FAME-India Scheme, incentives are provided to buyers of electric vehicles in the form of an upfront reduction in the purchase price of electric vehicles.
The incentive is linked to battery capacity i.e. Rs. 10,000/KWh for e-3W and e-4W with a cap 20 per cent of the cost of the vehicle. Further, the incentive/subsidies for e-2W has been fixed at Rs 10,000 per kWh with a cap 15 per cent of the cost of the vehicle with effect from June 1.