To reduce pollution caused by diesel and petrol-operated vehicles and to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles, Central Government launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme in 2015. It is under Ministry of Heavy Industries.
- National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 launched in 2013 to achieve national fuel security by promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country. As part this, Ministry of Heavy Industries launched FAME India Scheme in 2015 to promote adoption of electric/hybrid vehicles (EVs) in India.
- It operates in two phases. These are,
- Phase I: Started in 2015 and was functional till 31st March 2019 with a budget outlay of Rs 895 Crore.
- Phase II: Started in April 2019 and will continue till 31st March 2024.
FAME India – Phase I
- FAME India Phase I had four focus areas – technological development, demand generation, pilot project and charging infrastructure components. The phase was available up to March 31, 2019 with budget outlay of Rs 895 Cr.
FAME India – Phase 2
- Phase II was approved with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crores for a period of five years commencing from April 01, 2019.
FAME –II Redesigned
- FAME India II Scheme redesigned in June 2021 based on experience particularly during Covid-19 pandemic and feedback from industry and users. It aims at faster proliferation of Electric Vehicles by lowering the upfront costs.
- Amendments made in the scheme:
- Extended for a further period of 2 years i.e. up to March 31, 2024.
- For Electric 2 Wheelers, demand incentive increased from Rs. 10,000/KWh to Rs 15,000/KWh with maximum cap increased from 20% to 40% of the cost of vehicles.
- For Electric 3 Wheelers, aggregation will be the key method to bring the upfront cost at an affordable level and at par with ICE-3 Wheelers.
- For Electric Buses, 9 cities with over 4 million population (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune) will be targeted.
Achievements of FAME India – Phase II (till February 2022)
- 4,69,315 Electric Vehicles supported by way of Demand Incentive amounting to about Rs. 1869 crores (as on July 11, 2022).
- 6315 e-buses sanctioned to 65 cities/STUs/CTUs/ State Govt. entities for intracity and intercity operations across 26 states/UT under the Scheme.
- 2877 charging stations sanctioned in 68 cities across 25 states/UTs.
- 50 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)9, both start-up and established manufacturers, have registered and revalidated their 106 electric vehicle models.
- Sale of electric two wheelers vehicles has increased manifold.