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Ministries want electric vehicles to be included in govt-owned car fleets

Transport ministry has also proposed to rope in taxi firms such as Ola and Uber to promote electric vehicles

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Publish Date: Jul 9 2016 11:33AM | Updated Date: Jul 9 2016 11:33AM

Ministries want electric vehicles to be included in govt-owned car fleets

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Road transport and Highways Ministry along with the Heavy Industries Ministry have decided to  push for electric vehicles to be included as part of car fleets owned by government departments and agencies

 
The suggestion by two ministries has come at a time when the government agencies are trying to check pollution levels. 
 
A ‘The Economic Times’ report has said that transport ministry will write to the finance ministry to make obtaining of electric cars obligatory for government departments in staff car rules to promote use of alternative fuel vehicles in cities. 
 
The ministry has also proposed to rope in taxi  firms such as Ola and Uber to promote electric vehicles as city taxis. 
 
It will also ask state governments to ensure a similar practice. 
 
All these ideas and their implementation were discussed at a  meeting where transport minister, minister for heavy industries, environment and power and renewable energy were also present, an official told the paper. 
 
Ministers have formed a panel that is looking into countrywide execution of these ideas and how to improve charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.