Uttar Pradesh is planning to boost its charging network on highways and expressways to become a major electric vehicle (EV) and battery hub in South Asia.

The state has the highest number of EV registrations with around 25 per cent of the total EVs in the country. Top Indian multinationals including the Adani Group and the Hinduja Group are expressing interest in investing around Rs 3,500 crore in the state’s charging infrastructure, EV parks etc.

The state plans to expand its existing EV portfolio of around 575,000 EVs, mainly dominated by 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers, by adding cars and commercial vehicles.

UP’s Industrial Development Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi said, “Our policies including the UP EV Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2022 are designed to attract investments, promote sustainable transportation solutions and create a thriving ecosystem for electric vehicles and related industries.” have been done.”

UP Transport Department has already launched EV purchase subsidy portal upevsubsidy.in for the convenience of the buyers.

This includes 100 per cent road tax and registration fee waiver during the first three years on all segments of EVs purchased and registered in UP,” said Abhishek Prakash, CEO, Invest UP.

The Hinduja Group, in its partnership with the state, has promised to assist in the annual procurement of 2,500 electric buses for a period of 3-5 years. Adani Group is planning to build a comprehensive charging network with an investment proposal of Rs 1,000 crore over a period of five years.

E-Risha proposes to develop an EV park on 300+ acres of land in UP with an initial investment of Rs 500 crore over three years, followed by an additional Rs 1,000 crore.

Tata Power is also exploring the opportunity to set up a robust EV charging network across the state.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath envisages developing the western and central UP region as an EV hub due to its proximity to expressways and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Under the UP Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2022, the Yogi government has set a target of garnering fresh investment of Rs 30,000 crore and creating one million new job opportunities.

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