Maharashtra goes ‘Eco-Maharashtra’: Becomes India’s 1st state to boost electric mass mobility
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 28-May-2017

Nagpur, May 28: Heading towards eco-lifestyle, Maharashtra launched country’s first ever multi-modal electric vehicle project and Ola electric charging station in Nagpur. Likewise Nagpur became the country’s first city with electric fleet of 200 electric vehicles, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaw and autos.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday inaugurated this project making Maharashtra the first state to provide various incentives to e-taxis. The pilot project will include launching a fleet of 200 electric vehicles in the city, which the citizens of Nagpur can book for their transportation needs using the Ola app. 100 out of these will be Mahindra's new e2o Plus electric hatchback.

Leading utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra and app-based taxi service provider Ola Cabs today entered into a partnership with the Indian government to build the country's first electric mass mobility ecosystem. This first-of-its-kind programme will bring vehicles across different segments, including e-buses, e-cabs, and e-rickshaws together on a single platform, the Ola app. The project, which is about to change the automotive and transportation landscape in the country, will be implemented in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Launching this new initiative, CM Devendra Fadnavis said, "We are extremely proud of the commitment corporations like Ola, Mahindra and others are working towards building sustainable transportation for all. In support of this initiative, we have waived off VAT, road tax, and registration for all electric vehicles in the state, and we look forward to building Maharashtra as a model state for others to emulate in the future."

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "There is an urgent need to re-think and revisit transport infrastructure and fuel dependency, not just in India, but globally. Large scale adoption of electric vehicles can bring the monumental change that we urgently need, and in this endeavour, we launched the 100% EV nation by 2030 mission. It is heartening to see Indian companies such as Ola and Mahindra taking Government's vision forward and in building a strong ecosystem for sustainable mobility. I look forward to working with them to make the 2030 vision a reality."