Auto rickshaws and KSRTC buses would be soon turned into electric vehicles, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac announced in his budget today.
As part of promoting clean technology, the target set was 10 lakh electric vehicles by 2020. Subsidy would be given to 10,000 electric autos. Private electric vehicles would be exempted from road tax.
Initially, all KSRTC buses plying in Thiruvananthapuram city would be converted into electric buses. Discussions were on with a Swiss company on building e-buses, he added.
Institutions where charged electric batteries can be changed would come up in cities and private players would be allowed to set up charging stations.