Govt approves e-vehicle policy to promote manufacturing in India

New Delhi: Policy will provide Indian consumers with access to latest technology, boost Make in India initiative, strengthen EV ecosystem

BY | Friday, 15 March, 2024

The Government of India has on Friday approved a scheme to promote manufacturing of e-vehicles (EV) in the country. The policy is designed to attract investments in the e-vehicle space by reputed global EV manufacturers, a statement has said.

The Government has said that this policy will provide Indian consumers with access to latest technology, boost the Make in India initiative, strengthen the EV ecosystem by promoting healthy competition among EV players leading to high volume of production, economies of scale, lower cost of production, reduce imports of crude oil, lower trade deficit, reduce air pollution, particularly in cities, and will have a positive impact on health and environment.

The policy entails the following: –

– Minimum Investment required: Rs 4150 Cr (USD 500 Mn)

– No limit on maximum Investment

– Timeline for manufacturing: 3 years for setting up manufacturing facilities in India, and to start commercial production of e-vehicles, and reach 50% domestic value addition (DVA) within 5 years at the maximum.

– Domestic value addition (DVA) during manufacturing: A localization level of 25% by the 3rd year and 50% by the 5th year will have to be achieved

– The customs duty of 15% (as applicable to CKD units) would be applicable on vehicle of minimum CIF value of USD 35,000 and above for a total period of 5 years subject to the manufacturer setting up manufacturing facilities in India within a 3-year period.

– The duty foregone on the total number of e-vehicles allowed for import would be limited to the investment made or ₹6484 Cr (equal to incentive under PLI scheme) whichever is lower. A maximum of 40,000 EVs at the rate of not more than 8,000 per year would be permissible if the investment is of USD 800 Mn or more. The carryover of unutilized annual import limits would be permitted.

– The Investment commitment made by the company will have to be backed up by a bank guarantee in lieu of the custom duty forgone

– The Bank guarantee will be invoked in case of non-achievement of DVA and minimum investment criteria defined under the scheme guidelines.

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