Regulatory mechanisms for electric three-wheelers
Electrification of auto-rickshaws plays an important role in meeting the transport requirement of many large and medium Indian cities and is critical for reducing air pollution and providing clean mobility solutions. The electrification of auto-rickshaws may result in lower operation and maintenance costs as compared to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles making them economically viable for the owner/driver. Despite many initiatives and programmes of the government, such as the Faster Adoption of Manufacturing Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) in India, the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) is still not able to pick up the pace. The transition to electric three-wheelers has high consumer acceptance. In spite of that, it is facing several regulatory and policy challenges. Thus, this study aims to understand the policy and regulatory barriers for the adoption of electric auto-rickshaws in India.
Key regulatory mechanisms suggested are with respect to scrapping, permits, financing instruments and safety standards. The details of the same are given in the publication here.