The state government of Goa has approved the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy (GEMPP) 2021. The objective of the policy is to boost the adoption of Electric vehicles (EV) in the state. The policy aims to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs with 30% Electric vehicles by 2025.

The focus is to establish Goa as a model of International standards for EV adoption supported by world-class charging infrastructure and ecosystem. The policy will be promoting conversion of Internal Combustion Engine (IEC) vehicles to EV’s.

50% Ferries will be electrified by 2025. Start-ups will be encouraged to invest in the field of electric mobility and the associated sector. The policy wants to promote service units which include electric vehicle and battery repair and maintenance stations, promote R&D, innovation and skill development within the EV sector.

To give the sector a push, incentives will be given on purchases and scrapping. Interest subvention on loans, waiver on road tax and registration fees will be given. A wide network of charging stations and swappable battery stations, and a publicly owned database of the same.

Additionally, the government will subsidise the first 3,000 two-wheelers, 50 three-wheelers and 300 four-wheelers.

The policy, which will be applicable for a total of five years from the date of its notification, will cover all classes of two-, three- and four-wheeler EVs, including passenger cars and commercial light/heavy vehicles that are either Battery Electric Vehicles, Strong Hybrid Vehicles or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

The department of new and renewable energy will be responsible for the administration of the policy. This includes the constitution of a high-powered committee and a State Electric Vehicle Board. Also developing an intensive public outreach programme focused on creating awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and key elements of the policy.

To achieve the goals, the aim is to actively incorporate all sustainable initiatives. This includes smart-city development, promotion of energy conservation and creation of integrated transport mechanisms.