Government of Karnataka issued the “Karnataka Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy” in September 2017 with a focus on creating an enabling environment for investors in the electric vehicle segment. Under the policy, a plethora of initiatives have been proposed as mentioned below.

EV manufacturing Parks / Zones

  • Availability of Industrial land in clusters
  • Infrastructure such as readymade flatted factories with ready built facilities.
  • Dedicated testing track and facility for electric vehicles and associated technologies.

EVs in non-transport and transport vehicles:

  • Tax exemption for all electric non transport and transport vehicles.

EVs in Private Transport:

  • Flexible stage carrier permit policy for e-buses allowing multiple/variable routes outside BMTC Area.
  • Encouragement for electric two-wheeler taxies to support short distance shared mobility
  • Encouragement for existing auto rickshaws for retrofitting and moving towards electric vehicle segment
  • Encouragement for Auto Rickshaws, Cab Aggregators, Corporate Fleets, School Buses/Vans in Bengaluru for electrification

EVs in Public Transport:

  • Introduction of 1,000 electric buses by BMTC, KSRTC, NWKSRTC and NEKRTC
  • "EV Vaayu Vajra" services in select routes to Kempegowda International Airport