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How to Get Subsidy on Electric Scooter in India: A Comprehensive Guide

With the Indian government prioritizing eco-friendly modes of transportation, electric scooters have become increasingly popular in recent years. To make it easier for consumers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs), the government has introduced a range of subsidies and incentives. In this article, we will explain the steps you need to follow to get a subsidy for your electric scooter in India.

Understanding the FAME Scheme

To encourage the adoption of EVs, the Indian government introduced the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme. Launched in 2015, FAME has now entered its second phase as FAME II, which aims to incentivize EV usage by providing financial support to buyers at the time of purchase.

Eligibility Criteria for Electric Scooter Subsidy

To be eligible for the subsidy, your electric scooter must meet the following criteria set by the government:

  1. Speed: The scooter should have a top speed of at least 40 km/h.
  2. Maximum electric range: The scooter should have a minimum range of 80 km on a single charge.
  3. Battery Type: The scooter should be equipped with a lithium-ion battery or another advanced battery technology.
  4. Localization: The EV manufacturer must have a minimum of 50% local content in the vehicle as per the Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP).

Steps to Get Subsidy on Electric Scooter in India

  1. Research: Begin by conducting thorough research on eligible electric scooters available in the market. You can check the official FAME website or consult individual manufacturers to verify whether their scooters qualify for the subsidy.
  2. Purchase an eligible scooter: Once you have identified an eligible scooter, you can visit a dealership and purchase the electric scooter. It is essential to know that the subsidy is applied during the purchase itself and not separately.
  3. Register the electric scooter: After purchasing the scooter, ensure that you register it with the appropriate Regional Transport Office (RTO). The subsidy amount will be directly linked to the vehicle's registration number.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure to ask the dealership about the subsidy during purchase and compare the post-subsidy pricing of various eligible electric scooters to help you make an informed decision.
  • Keep an eye on additional state-level incentives and benefits that might be available. Some states offer further financial support or other perks, such as waived registration fees or special lane access.

In conclusion, getting the subsidy on your electric scooter in India can be a relatively straightforward process if you follow the steps mentioned above. Remember to research eligible scooters and ask about the subsidy when making your purchase. Once you switch to an electric scooter, you can not only contribute to a cleaner environment but also save money by taking advantage of the government's EV-supportive schemes.

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