Overview of updated Tamil Nadu Electric Vehicles Policy – 2023
Adaptability in policymaking and regular updates are essential in light of the swift evolution of the EV market. Tamil Nadu’s government is aware of the problems plaguing this industry and plans to fix them by implementing the measures outlined in this policy. These measures will affect the supply, demand, and ecosystem levels. These measures are meant to boost the EV manufacturing value chains, increase electric public mobility options, boost green power value chains, speed up the construction of EV infrastructure, and capitalise on the synergies between the state’s many research and development facilities.
Scope of the Tamil Nadu EV Policy
This Policy applies to manufacturing units engaged in the production of Electric Vehicles, EV Components, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), and EV Charging Infrastructure, charging station/charging point operators, and customers in Tamil Nadu who purchase EVs. The EVs eligible for incentives under this programme must conform with FAME II2 guidelines provided by the Indian Ministry of Heavy Industry. Likewise, charging stations must adhere to the Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – Guidelines and Standards3 established by the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Objective of TN EV Policy
The government of Tamil Nadu has set ambitious goals for the state, including the creation of 1.5 lakh new jobs over the course of the Policy period, the attraction of investments in electric vehicle manufacturing totaling Rs. 50,000 crore, and the development of a robust electric vehicle ecosystem in the state.
EV Cities in Tamil Nadu as per EV Policy 2023
To encourage EV adoption, the Tamil Nadu government will designate six cities as EV cities: Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Salem, and Tirunelveli. In each of these cities, the Smart City Commissioner will be designated as the Nodal Officer to coordinate and promote the adoption of electric vehicles.
The Corporation Commissioner shall serve as the Nodal Officer in the absence of a Smart City Commissioner. The Smart City Mission will develop a smart mobility programme with an emphasis on EVs in order to establish a road map for the gradual electrification of auto rickshaws and buses within 10 years. In addition to assisting taxi fleets and app-based transport aggregators with the transition to an electric fleet, the implementation programme will include interventions to support taxi fleets and app-based transport aggregators.
EV Steering Committee
The implementation of this policy shall be based on interventions by different departments of the Government. To facilitate these interventions and ensure a concerted effort, the EV Steering Committee shall be reconstituted to monitor the implementation of the policy with Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu as the Chairman, and the following Committee Members:
- Secretary, Industries, Investment Promotion and Commerce Department
- Secretary, Finance Department
- Secretary, Home Department
- Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department
- Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department
- Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO)
- Secretary, Transport Department
- Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department
- MD & CEO, Guidance (Convenor)
Tamil Nadu EV Cell
An EV Cell shall be set up in Guidance to promote EV adoption in the State. The EV Cell shall perform the following functions:
- Facilitate investors wishing to establish EV manufacturing units across the investment lifecycle or clean energy alternatives pilot projects.
- Facilitate investors wishing to enter into power purchase agreements with renewable energy generators or distributors.
- Develop and maintain a dedicated EV Portal providing information on applicable policies, guidelines, and charging station locations. This portal shall also include appropriate mechanisms for providing incentives to consumers through a DBT system.
- Coordinate and support in identification of sites for Public Charging Stations in Government offices & public places, Smart City Missions/Corporations of the EV Cities.
- Organise EV conclaves comprising different EV stakeholders – Government agencies, industry associations, manufacturers, research associations, and think tanks.
- Collaborate with public & private stakeholders to host campaigns & events for promoting EV adoption in the State.
- Inter-departmental coordination with departments such as HUDD, Energy, and Transport to enable swifter decision making for investment proposals.
- Assist the EV Steering Committee in the implementation of the EV Policy.
- Smart City Commissioners of the EV Cities shall be appointed as city nodal officer to roll out city-specific EV programme interventions