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Jharkhand government introduces electric cars for official use

Sep 14, 2018 10:40 IST
Jharkhand government introduces electric cars for official use

The state government of Jharkhand on September 12, 2018 introduced electric vehicles for official use. The energy department of the state got 20 such cars for its use. The information was shared by the state’s Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

The state’s energy department received 20 cars in the first phase. The cars were procured by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is a joint venture of the PSUs under the Ministry of Power.

Significance

With the development, Jharkhand has become the fifth state of India and the first state in eastern India to procure the eco-friendly vehicles for government use.

Objective

Use of electric vehicles will not only help curb pollution and protect the environment but it will also help save foreign currency.

Speaking on the occasion, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that everyone will profit if the dependency on petroleum products becomes less. He also encouraged other departments in the state and the common people to start using such cars to make the state clean and green.

Key Highlights

The electric cars are a part of a consignment of 50 such vehicles that the Energy Efficiency Services Limited will supply to Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam (JBVNL) for its official use.

While the first lot of 20 electric cars has been delivered, the rest 30 will arrive within the next two weeks.

All the state government offices in Jharkhand will soon start opting for the electric cars to reduce carbon emission and help keep the state pollution free.

The state’s CM said that his government would appeal to people to buy such cars and open charging stations.

So far, 12 charging stations have been set up in Ranchi and more are set to come up soon.

The move will help the state achieve the centre's e-mobility goal of replacing 30 per cent of government vehicles with electric cars by 2030.

Background

Prior to Jharkhand, the governments of Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have procured electric cars for official purpose.

Under the agreement signed between EESL and JBVNL, EESL would give this fleet of 50 cars, along with drivers, to JBVNL on a lease for six years. JBVNL would pay Rs 40,000 per car per month.

The EESL has set up three charging stations at JBVNL corporate headquarters at HEC Township, its Kushai complex and near Raj Bhavan for these cars.

With this fleet of 50 electric cars, JBVNL is likely to save over 1.20 lakh litres of fuel a year to lead to an annual reduction of over 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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