Kerala is planning to replace all of its 15-year-old ICE three-wheelers with electric and other ultra low emission vehicles from April 2021.
This is part of an ambitious target set by the government of introducing 2 lakh electric two-wheelers and 50,000 three-wheelers by 2020.
Principal secretary, transport and aviation, KR Jyotilal said Kerala has issued a draft notification in this regard that all autorickshaws which turn 15 will have to be replaced with electric, LNG, CNG or hybrid. He added that Kerala would probably be the first state to do so.
Kerala has low tax and free parking for electric vehicles and Jyotilal said that the state government would like to promote the EV eco-system further as it is demand driven.
Jyotilal also said that the government has identified 186 locations for charging stations and that Tata Power has expressed interest in investing in setting up the infrastructure.