Following in the footsteps of the Gujarat and Maharashtra governments, Rajasthan has now unveiled its own initiative to boost the adoption of electric vehicles in the state. Rajasthan’s Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariawas announced the state would subsidize buyers of electric vehicles by offering to reimburse the state goods and service tax (SGST) as well as extending a one-time incentive, that is – just like in other states – decided upon basis the battery capacity of the vehicle sold.
Rajasthan EV policy 2021: Electric scooters and motorcycles to get cheaper
The big impact of the Rajasthan EV policy 2021 will be seen in the prices of electric two-wheelers. All electric scooters and motorcycles sold and registered in the state between 1 April 2021 to 31 March 31, 2022, will be eligible for SGST reimbursement. The SGST amount paid to the buyer of the electric two-wheeler will be equal to the amount mentioned in the bill by the seller of the vehicle. The final amount will be transferred directly to buyers by the District Transport Officer.
But what will make an even bigger difference is the one-time incentive on offer for electric two-wheeler buyers. Electric scooters and motorcycles with a battery capacity of up to 2 kWh will be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 5,000. Models with a battery capacity of 2 to 4 kWh will be eligible for a Rs 7,000 incentive; those with a battery capacity of between 4 to 5 kWh will receive a Rs 9,000 incentive, while e-two-wheelers with a battery capacity of over 5 kWh will be eligible for a Rs 10,000 incentive.
At this time, there is no electric scooter or motorcycle on sale in India with a battery capacity of 4 kWh or above, so no existing models will be able to avail of the full subsidy on offer. The subsidy is also much lower than on offer in Gujarat (Rs 10,000 per kWh, total subsidy limited to Rs 20,000) and in Maharashtra (Rs 5,000 per kWh, total subsidy currently limited to Rs 25,000).
Ather Energy – which has an outlet in Jaipur – is likely to see prices of its electric scooters drop by around Rs 9,000 – 10,000, as their battery size will see them qualify for a Rs 7,000 incentive. The SGST amount will total up to roughly Rs 3,000. This is set to bring the Ather 450 Plus’ price down to around Rs 1.16 lakh and the Ather 450X’s price down to about Rs 1.35 lakh.
As it stands, Revolt Motors does not operate in Rajasthan but has issued a statement highlighting that buyers of the Revolt RV400 in Rajasthan would be eligible for a total incentive of Rs 10,690. If the bike’s ex-showroom price in Rajasthan is the same as in other states, the effective cost for buyers will be around Rs 97,000.
Most models from Hero Electric and Okinawa Autotech are likely to see their prices drop by around Rs 7,000 – 10,000 in Rajasthan.
Additionally, Rajasthan offers similar subsidies for electric auto-rickshaws and goods carriers, with the one-time incentive ranging from Rs 10,000 – 20,000.
Rajasthan EV policy 2021: No major subsidy for electric cars and SUVs
What will surprise some is that the policy does not cover electric cars and SUVs and steers clear of offering any large incentives to buyers of such vehicles. The one-time subsidy is only available to buyers of electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers.
However, the policy does state that all-electric vehicles sold till March 2022 will be eligible for SGST reimbursement, so buyers of electric cars and SUVs will be able to avail of that benefit, even if it is only a fraction of the price of the vehicle they buy.
By contrast, Gujarat is offering a massive subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh to electric vehicle buyers. Maharashtra one-ups by offering an additional Rs 1 lakh ‘early bird’ subsidy – bringing the total state subsidy for electric car buyers to Rs 2.5 lakh – for those purchasing 2021 ends.