The union government has modified India’s ambitious scheme to promote electric mobility and allotted the electric three-wheelers and electric buses component of the marquee Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (Fame) scheme to state run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

What

  1. The scheme failed to take off, with only 5%, or ₹492 crore, of the 10,000 crore allocated under its second phase spent till March. The budgetary allocation of ₹10,000 crore is for three years to 31 March 2022, with the scheme administered by the department of heavy industries (DHI).
  2. Electric vehicles (EVs) are costlier than traditional vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). The money under Fame-2 is to be spent to subsidize 500,000 electric three-wheelers, 1 million electric two-wheelers, 55,000 electric passenger vehicles and 7,090 electric buses.
  3. The ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises modified the second phase of the Fame scheme that began from 1 April 2019.
  4. EESL is a joint venture of NTPC Ltd, Rural Electrification Corp. Ltd, Power Finance Corp. Ltd and Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd.
  5. The Fame scheme’s first phase began on 1 April 2015 and was extended till 31 March 2019.
  6. The second phase is to support the electrification of public and shared transportation and help create charging infrastructure.