Surge in E-Vehicle Registration: Pune Witnesses a Remarkable Shift

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By Pune Pulse

August 15, 2023

Pune: Over the span of one year, from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023, Pune’s Regional Transport Office (RTO) has witnessed a substantial surge in the registration of electric vehicles (EVs), marking a significant transition in the city’s transportation landscape. During this period, a staggering 30,869 electric vehicles were officially registered, a remarkable upswing from the 15,198 e-vehicles present in the city as of 2022. This elevates the total count of e-vehicles in Pune to an impressive 46,067 by the close of March 2023.

Amidst this surge, the broader vehicular scenario in Pune also reveals a dynamic picture. The city boasts a robust fleet of 3,777,973 petrol-powered cars, with a notable 183,766 of them being registered between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

According to an official statement, the enticing proposition of complete tax exemption for EV purchases has propelled a growing number of individuals to embrace electric mobility. The delineation of specific standards for classifying electric vehicles as distinct entities within the vehicular domain has further streamlined the integration of EVs into the transportation ecosystem.

E-bikes that possess power outputs below 250 watts and achieve top speeds under 25 kmph fall beyond the confines of this classification. These low-powered electric motorcycles are absolved from traditional registration and licensing prerequisites, ushering in a layer of accessibility and convenience.

Surveying the vehicular landscape of Pune as of March 31, 2023, reveals an intriguing insight. The total count of automobiles within the city stands at 4,487,523, of which electric vehicles constitute 46,067, roughly accounting for 1% of the entire fleet. In contrast, the majority of vehicles on Pune’s roads, a formidable 84%, remain powered by petrol, numbering a substantial 3,777,973 units.

The doubling of electric vehicle registrations in Pune within the brief interval from 2022 to the present reflects an encouraging trend. It underscores a growing societal awareness of environmental concerns and the collective drive to conserve fuel resources such as petrol and diesel, aligning with the evolving ethos of sustainable and responsible transportation practices.

Shreyas Vange