E-vehicles see an all-time-high registration in Karnataka- The New Indian Express

News Express Service

BENGALURU: Electric vehicle registrations are at an all-time high this year. While 44,217 e-vehicles were registered in 2021-22, data accessed from the state transport department shows that 49,577 vehicles were registered in 2022-23 till October. Transport department officials said two-, three- and four-wheeler registrations will cross the 50,000 mark in 2022 if the data is updated in November and December.

In 2017-18, the state registered 1,922 vehicles, a 65 percent increase to 5,542 in 2018-19. Transport officials said vehicle registrations took a hard hit in 2020 due to the Covid lockdown. In 2019-20, there was just an 18 percent jump with 6,774 vehicles registered. In 2020-21, the registration saw a 41 percent increase with 11,593 vehicles.

Transport officials said that due to the Covid pandemic, there was a shortage of semiconductor chips that affected the production, supply and registration of electric vehicles. However, things have improved a lot in 2021-22, with 44,217 vehicles registered compared to 2020-21, a jump of 73 percent. There are 44,979 two-wheelers, 2,537 four-wheelers and 2,061 three-wheelers in the state. “In the coming years, we expect more electric four-wheelers to be registered like two-wheelers,” said a transporter.

J Gnanendra Kumar, additional commissioner of transport (environment and e-governance) attributed the jump in the number of e-vehicle registrations to the push by the state transport department and increased awareness among the general public to move towards eco-friendly mobility. the options

“Karnataka was one of the first states in India to come up with an Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage policy in 2017. We give 100 percent road exemption to e-vehicles registered in the state,” Kumar said and added. with that, the improvement of charging infrastructure in the state is also another reason for the jump in vehicle registrations.

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