50% local sourcing likely for companies to book EV ride under FAME-II
The government has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore under FAME-II to roll out one million electric buses
The government will insist that electric vehicle makers source at least 50% of their components locally if they want to avail of its incentive programme and bid for its orders, even as it looks to promote local manufacturing and discourage imports.
An inter-ministerial steering committee led by Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant has decided that only companies that meet the 50% localisation threshold will be eligible for the incentives that will be available under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme to boost electric mobility as well as the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“Government will not use taxpayers’ money to subsidise imports but will push for 50% localisation content as we want to promote local manufacturing,” Kant had said.
The steering committee, which held its first meeting on April 1, has finalised the mission’s approach to make domestic industry competitive at the global level.
“We have made up our mind and would go ahead with the 50% localisation criteria as there are several startups and other firms willing to do it,” Kant said. The panel had held internal discussions with big automobile manufacturers including Hero Motors and Bajaj Auto for electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers, and with Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra for electric buses.
The government has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore under FAME-II to roll out one million electric buses in the country in the next three years besides electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers. As part of its nearly two-dozen decisions, the Kant-led committee has also decided that the government will adopt the challenge route to select states and entrepreneurs to set up giga factories for large scale manufacturing of cells and batteries in the country.
This is part of the government’s two-pronged strategy to place India as a key driver in the global mobility revolution. One, boost domestic manufacturing by insisting on minimum of 50% local content in e-vehicles; two, create massive size and scale for electric vehicles in the country to make the investments made in the sector viable.
To this effect, Kant has written to states to pool their demand and float tenders for electric buses so much so that all municipalities should fight to get electric buses which in turn will help to clean the cities.
The inter-ministerial committee of the national mission for transformative mobility was formed following a cabinet decision to promote clean and sustainable mobility initiatives in the country. It consists of secretary of nine stakeholder ministries and director general of the Bureau of Indian Standards as its members.