According to the Hindustan Times, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that from January 1, 2024, all newly registered tourist vehicles in the state will be mandatory to be electric vehicles. This means that from next year, when you visit Goa, the scooter or tanker you rent may only be an electric variant. Additionally, licensees with multiple tour taxi, bike rental and taxi operators will be made obliged to convert 30% of their fleet to electric vehicles by June 2024.
The minister made the announcements while speaking at the first-ever meeting of the “Energy Transition Working Group”, which aims to formulate policies to accelerate electric vehicles. Speaking at the event, he also said that all future government purchases of light motor vehicles would also be limited to electric vehicles. “New government light motor vehicles purchased from January 2024 will have to be electric vehicles,” he said.
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Elaborating on the reason for the move, Savant said the state’s vehicle density is 4.5 times the national average, largely driven by tourism. Goa’s vehicle density ranks 15th in the world, with more than 8.5 million tourists visiting the state each year, out of an actual population of 1.5 million.
Tourist vehicles thus constitute a major part of the vehicle density and are a major contributor to the increase in carbon emissions in the state due to the large number of taxis, rental vehicles and buses used by tourists to commute. “According to a recent study conducted by GIZ, 40 percent of the total carbon emissions generated in Goa are due to vehicle operations,” Sawant said.
The electrification of these vehicles is in line with the country’s ambition to accelerate the adoption of such vehicles. “Diesel and petrol are dying. They will die soon and the era of electric vehicles will be inevitable,” Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said in a speech at the G20 Sherpa event.
First published date: July 24, 2023, 17:40 PM (India Standard Time)