State-level Consultation on the Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

A Stakeholders Consultation was organised by Government of Kerela and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) India on ‘State-level Consultation on the Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate (ZEV)’ on December 18, 2023, at Trivandrum, Kerela.

Narayankumar Sreekumar, Associate Director, Electric Mobility, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, was invited an to participate in the event, during which he said, “Empowering sub-national action is the cornerstone of driving ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mandates in India. It acts as a catalyst for sustainable mobility, echoing the progress from national to the grassroots level.”

ZEV sales regulations can effectively stimulate the market for electric vehicles, paving the way for a cleaner and more sustainable transportation sector. By introducing supply obligations on vehicle manufacturers, these regulations create a predictable market environment for investors and encourage all manufacturers to participate in the ZEV market.

In the pursuit of scaling Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales in India, it is crucial to navigate the complexities of ZEV sales regulations. Careful consideration must be given to design, ensuring desired outcomes without imposing undue burdens on manufacturers. Factors like compliance flexibilities, including credit trading mechanisms, can incentivise early adopters and allow manufacturers to enter the market gradually. Stringency in ZEV sales obligations over time will motivate all manufacturers to compete, fostering market growth and offering more affordable and diverse options for consumers.