Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS) – 2024

Ministry of Heavy Industries has issued press release to publicize the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS) – 2024 to provide further impetus to the green mobility and development of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing eco-system in the country. The Scheme duration is 4 months i.e. April 01, 2024 till July 31, 2024 with an outlay of Rs. 500 crore.

New BH-Series Vehicle Registration Rules: What You Need to Know

The tax rules for BH-Series vehicles have been updated. Previously, payment of vehicle tax was for a period of 2 years at a time. With the new rule, when the vehicle is registered under the BH-Series, payment of tax covers 14 years in total. This is done in a single payment or in two-year increments

NHAI’s New Rules: Double Toll Fees for Vehicles Without FASTag

On July 18, 2024, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) issued guidelines to collect double user fees from highway users who do not affix FASTag on their vehicle’s windscreen. This measure aims to reduce delays at toll plazas and enhance convenience for all users.

NITI Aayog Unveils GearShift Challenge to Accelerate Zero-Emission Truck Adoption in India

The hackathon will unfold in two rounds. In Round 1, teams will submit their initial business models addressing a specific barrier—technical, operational, or financial—supported by high-level strategies and research. Shortlisted teams in Round 2 will present detailed business models with an implementation roadmap, backed by both primary and secondary research. These proposals will be mentored by industry leaders to ensure practical and impactful solutions.

New Breathalyzer Rules Proposed to Improve Accuracy and Public Trust

The draft defines Evidential Breath Analysers (EBAs) as instruments measuring breath alcohol concentration within specified error limits. They mandate various tests to ensure instrument accuracy. Yearly verification ensures sustained accuracy. The draft rules are available for public comment until July 26, 2024.

Ministry of Power Seeks Input on Revised Electric Vehicle Charging Guidelines

The Ministry of Power is inviting comments on a new draft of the “Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles Guidelines & Standards.” This present revision incorporates feedback from stakeholders, including Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and public/ private charging point operators. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments by July 28, 2024.

New Safety Standards Introduced for Electric Vehicles in India

BIS has introduced two new standards, IS 18590: 2024 and IS 18606: 2024, focusing on the critical components of EVs – the powertrain (motor, transmission) and batteries. The standards mandate stringent safety requirements to ensure reliable and secure operation.

Delhi-NCR Migrates Inter-city Bus Services To Cleaner Modes

Upon deliberations with all concerned stakeholders, it was decided that older polluting buses (BS-III and BS-IV) entering Delhi-NCR from neighboring states will be phased out. These buses will be replaced with cleaner options such as Electric Vehicles (EVs), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and BS-VI diesel compliant buses (latest emission standards). This directive applies to buses operated by state governments, public sector undertakings (PSUs), and private entities.