NITI Aayog releases Draft Battery Swapping Policy for comments of Stakeholder


NITI Aayog has released Draft Battery Swapping Policy for the comments of Stakeholders.

  • Under this policy all metropolitan cities with a population above 40 lakh will be prioritised for development of battery swapping network under the first phase.

  • all major cities such as state capitals, UT headquarters and cities with population above 5 lakh will be covered under the second phase.

  • According to the draft policy, vehicles with swappable batteries will be sold without a battery, providing the benefit of lower purchase costs to potential EV owners.

  • any individual or entity is free to set up a battery swapping station at any location, provided that the specified technical, safety and performance standards are adhered to.

  • The draft is up for consultation, and Niti Aayog has invited comments on it until June 5.

  • During the COP26 summit in Glasgow, India had committed to reduce carbon emission intensity by 45 per cent and take the non-fossil energy capacity to 500 Giga Watt by 2030.

  • The road transport sector is one of the major contributors to CO2 emissions and contributes one third to particulate matter emissions.

  • In her Budget Speech 2022-23, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the Government will introduce Battery Swapping policy.

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