Govt to give Rs 6 cr to Kerala Automobile Ltd for electric vehicles
Kottayam: State government has sanctioned Rs 6 crores to Kerala Automobile Limited (KAL), a public sector automobile manufacturing company, for the purpose of making electric vehicles. In the 2018-19 financial year, the government had sanctioned an amount of Rs 10 crores to KAL in this regard. As the decision came at the end of the fiscal year, the amount wasn’t handed over to the company.
The Rs 6 crore sanctioned now is from this Rs 10 crores. The financial aid is intended for the manufacturing of electric vehicles. In June, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had inaugurated the manufacturing of electric autorickshaws of KAL.
In the initial phase, ‘Neem-G’ electric autorickshaws will be made. This passenger vehicle can travel 100 km on a single charge. The expected price of the e-auto is Rs 2 lakh including subsidy. Neem-G has no vibration and noise like its diesel rivals. The gearless three wheeler will have a power gear to climb hills. It is expected to be made available in the market in 2019.
By 2022, the state government is aiming to run 10 lakhs electric vehicles. In the next year, 2 lakhs two-wheelers, 50,000 autorickshaws, 1000 goods carriers, 3000 buses and 100 ferry boats will be brought on the Kerala roads.