Karnataka has shown a high jump of 242% in 2021 compared to 2020 in the registration of electric vehicles (EVs) in Karnataka
Karnataka government pushes the total EV population in the state to nearly 90,000.
Karnataka accounted for more than 10% of all EVs registered in the country in 2021, next only to Uttar Pradesh.
Gunjan Krishna, commissioner, of commerce and industry, said: “We’re among the best in giving incentives for manufacturing. We’ve submitted a proposal to the government to provide a demand subsidy.” She did not elaborate on the subsidy component.
Some 33,307 EVs registration were seen in Karnataka and 66,707 in UP. The two states together accounted for 31% of the EVs registered — more than 3.2 lakh — nationally.
Tamil Nadu stood third, followed by Maharashtra and Delhi. These five states account for 43% of all EVs registered last year.
As on date, Karnataka has more than 2.6 crore vehicles, of which nearly 90,000 are EVs.
There are 65,171 two-wheeler EVs (70% of the total) in the state, 16,489 three-wheelers, 6,668 four-wheelers, 136 goods vehicles and 1,405 other categories of vehicles.
While experts anticipate the trend to grow further in Karnataka, they pointed to how Karnataka is among the few big states that have not provided demand subsidies on EVs.
Officials in the state industry department said Karnataka gives incentives for manufacturing such vehicles and the benefit has to be passed on to customers.
In 2020, Karnataka had seen 9,730 EVs registered and UP 31,260. Delhi, which saw fewer vehicles registered than Karnataka in 2021, had seen more registrations in 2020 — 12,381.