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    In a first, Goa govt flags off electric bus for passengers The electric bus is able to ply 250 kilometres, and is seen as a good fuel buffer for a state where 18, 000 litres of fuel is consumed daily by the states' 535 fleet of bus. Panjim In a first, the Goa state Government on Tuesday inaugurated an electric bus for passengers, as part of its commitment towards the environmental friendly public transport. The Bus—which will run on a trial—will cover all main routes across the state in the next few weeks, with five days of transit. The bus was flagged off by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from the Panjim Bus stand. On full charge, the bus is able to ply 250 kilometres, and is seen as a good fuel buffer for a state where 18, 000 litres of fuel is consumed daily by the states’ 535 fleet of bus. The electric bus is the second in the larger environment friendly public transport policy with Kadamba Transport Corporation experimenting with public transport that runs on ethanol, and buses which run on Bio Gas. With Goa suffering from lack of a good garbage disposal policy, bio gas run buses are being seen as equal partners in the long run to solve the problem of garbage and transport. The bio Gas bus will also be launched in February, once a trial filter is in place. “We are looking at all these measures as most developed nations have completely shifted to these models from petrol and diesel, as far as public transport is concerned. We have been studying these proposals for a while. Now, all these will be put to test, and a study report will be called. It will be based on the findings which will be made on the combination of bus models, ” said Carlos Almeida, Chairman of Kadamba Transport Corporation. Currently, his corporation is looking for a fleet of 50 electric buses, if the business model is to work in Goa. The tickets for the electric bus remains the same, as the other fleet, for now. “The terrain in Goa is tricky and we have three hills in two major routes, plus our interiors have slopes and it needs to now be seen if these models of different energy are able to pick up in such sections. The city and village lines are merged here so all these geographical factors come to play, ” he added. China, which has shown interest in supplying technical know how to the Indian Government, has the largest public transport fleet running on electricity. Recently, Delhi also made a proposal for such a fleet, asking for global tenders. If it becomes successful in Goa, Almeida said they too will be looking for global tenders, and are also in touch with experts to study the bio gas model further. On ethanol, the Nagpur local administration is already experimenting though the initial reports have not been favourable with the bus gulping more fuel than diesel for similar mileage. “These are all measures with the primary objective of safe environment and in Goa, the emphasis on the study reports will be on the basis of what emits less pollution, ” said Almeida. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=760091850853671& id=464835727045953
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    *State to levy MV tax on e-vehicles* *It may either be quarterly or life-time, says Transport Minister* *The State government has decided to collect Motor Vehicle tax on e-rickshaw and e-cart vehicles.* The government proposes to levy either quarterly or life-time tax on these vehicles. An Ordinance had been promulgated in this regard in June as the Assembly was not in session then. The government placed it before the Assembly on Thursday to make suitable amendments to the A.P. Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1963. Transport Minister K. Atchannaidu, in a statement made in the House, said that e-rickshaw and e-cart vehicles had come into existence in 2015. There was a provision to levy tax under Section 3 of the A.P. Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1963. The government had given an exemption to the battery-operated vehicles for a period of five years from the date of registration. As no tax was being levied on these vehicles, the government decided to levy a one- time tax, either a life-time tax or quarterly tax, he said. For auto-rickshaws, the quarterly tax would be ₹105 per vehicle with a seating capacity of four in all. Tax compliance was very low as many of the owners fall under the low-income group. Hence, the neighbouring States switched to the life-time tax. It was proposed that a lump sum / life-time tax might be fixed at 2% of cost of vehicle in respect of new vehicles and 1 to 1.5% for old vehicles, based on their age. For light goods vehicles of up to a laden weight of 3, 000 kg, a quarterly tax of ₹750 on average was proposed. A lump sum tax at 7% of the cost of vehicle was proposed. In respect of light goods vehicles in use, tax was proposed to be fixed between 1% and 6.5%, the Minister said.
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    *Chinese electric vehicle makers told to sort tide of waste batteries* Government has made manufacturers responsible for the collection and recycling of batteries amid mounting waste China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to become a dominant global producer as it bids to curb vehicle emissions, boost energy security and promote hi-tech industries. But with lithium battery production already up by half in 2017 and waste set to hit as much as 170, 000 tonnes this year, the government is racing to improve its recycling capabilities and stamp out what could become a growing source of pollution. China’s industry ministry issued “interim” rules on Monday that hold carmakers responsible for the recovery of new energy vehicle batteries and require them to set up recycling channels and service outlets where old batteries can be collected, stored and transferred to specialist recyclers. The carmakers must also establish a maintenance service network allowing members of the public to repair or exchange their old batteries conveniently, the ministry said. An electric car charging station at an apartment block in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua Measures aimed at spurring good practice among consumers, including subsidies or battery repurchase pacts, should also be adopted, the notice said. Together with battery makers and their sales units, carmakers must also set up a “traceability” system enabling the identification of owners of discarded batteries. The battery makers are also encouraged to adopt standardised and easily dismantled product designs, to help automate the recycling process. They must also provide technical training for car makers to store and dismantle old batteries.
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