‘Govt dept to switch over to electric vehicles‘

GUNTUR: has decided to phase out all the vehicles from government departments and switch over to the electric vehicles.

All the departmental heads in the district have been directed to suspend the lease agreements with the private agencies for supply of vehicles that use petrol or diesel in the next 3 months.

District collector Kona Sasidhar test driving the electric vehicle.

District administration will procure about 100 electric vehicles manufactured by and automobiles for usage of district officials. Each firm would supply 50 each vehicle in the first phase.

Sasidhar inspected the electric battery operated Tata vehicles here on Wednesday. After test driving the vehicle and interaction with the Tata motors executives, the district collector decided to waste no time in switching to the environment-friendly vehicles.

“We are procuring nearly 100 electric vehicles by December end to phase out the petrol, diesel vehicles from the government departments,” said Sasidhar. He said that the electric vehicles would not only help reduce the pollution but also help cut down the maintenance costs. He directed the officials to make arrangements for setting up of electric charging stations in mandal headquarter towns and municipal towns in the district.

Only a few of the district officials have department owned vehicles while a majority of the senior officials depend on hired vehicles. The state government is paying huge on rentals of hired vehicles. “The procurement of electric vehicles will also help bring down the costs on rentals,” said Sasidhar.

BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

*It cost just Rs 1 per km in electric vehicles

*It costs Rs 4 per km in diesel vehicle

*One can travel about 100-110 km with a full recharge

*It takes 60 minutes to recharge a battery with AC charger and 90 minutes with DC charger

*Every litre of diesel is pumping out 2 1/1 kg carbon and 60 grams of nitrogen into the air

*Tata motors to supply Tigor and Mahindra to provide Verito
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