New Delhi, May 12 (Agency) Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) on Wednesday said the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for promoting battery storage will lead to the reduction of cost on purchase of electric vehicles (EV) thereby accelerating accessibility. Welcoming the government’s approval of the PLI scheme for promoting battery storage at an estimated outlay of Rs 18,100 crore, SMEV also said it will attract huge investments in the EV industry in the next 1-2 years.
‘Battery occupies a larger portion of any electric vehicle’s cost. Thus, the right policy move will help us steer towards green growth in the industry, while exponentially increasing our manufacturing capacity,’ SMEV Director General Sohinder Gill said in a statement. He further said, ‘Once we fully start battery manufacturing operations in the country, it will lead to the reduction of cost on purchase of electric vehicles owing to increased accessibility.’ According to Gill, the PLI scheme for promoting battery storage would ‘strengthen our ‘Make in India initiative’ and also attract huge investments in the EV industry in the next 1-2 years’.
The PLI scheme, National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage is expected to attract direct investment of around Rs 45,000 crore in ACC battery storage manufacturing projects, the government said. Also, a cumulative 50 GWh of ACC manufacturing facilities in India are expected to be set up under the programme.