Transforming Indian Mobility – E-Rickshaw & E-Cart

Adapt Motors Pioneer

The e-rickshaw and e-cart have gained a lot of popularity in India as a mode of transportation for short trips. The market is going to expand further going ahead as e-rickshaws and e-carts are affordable and environmental friendly. The e-rickshaw or e-cart is a battery operated vehicle. It is also known as tuk -tuk. The batteries are charged from any wall socket of home or commercial electricity. The vehicle is easy to drive, and very economical compared to other variants of three wheelers.

Powered by either lead acid or lithium ion batteries that can be recharged using clean energy, e-rickshaws or e-carts are much more sustainable than motor powered three wheelers. All major players in the market are working on creating an efficient and user friendly model that can also serve as an ambulance, food van, advertising cart, solid waste management cart,  vegetable & fruit cart or icecream truck with refrigerator, basically for every business on wheels model.

The market for e-rickshaw in India is large and full of potential opportunities, especially when the fact that they are far less expensive to use than two -wheeled motor bikes and other commercial vehicles. Over the last decade or so, there have been plenty of technological invocations that have helped shape the form of the electric rickshaw and carts as an emerging new mode of noiseless transportation connecting towns and markets to nearest bus stands or railway stations. This will undoubtedly improve the environmental footprint!!

P&S intelligence recently released a report that forecasts the Indian e-rickshaw market to grow annually at 33.3% during 2020-2025. This growth will be driven by a need for cost effective transportation alternatives, especially for short distance travel, as well as government support for making these vehicles cheaper for consumers through incentives such as subsidies or tax benefits

A government subsidy is also offered on every electric vehicle sold in India, to encourage electric vehicle sales. Our company makes 2 & 3 wheelers electric vehicles, can we aim to continue expanding our presence in the electric bike and commercial vehicle category to promote electric vehicle in India,

Depending on the type of business, we provide different models of electric carts. Open, semi closed and enclosed models currently dominate the market. Based on the one-to-one business owner request, we also have model like coffee carts with platform, vegetable cart with racks or laundry holder models for better storage in loaders. 

Other than changes in the rear cart model, consumers/drivers also tend to append some components like IOT based GPS, solar panel, hydraulic lifts and doors etc. The battery capacity and motors capacity is also varied based on the consumer’s budget and need. Most of the  major components of e-cart/ e-rickshaw are covered under factory warranty. For example, generic lead acid batteries comes with a 6 month warranty whereas the lithium ion battery comes with 36 months of warranty, the motor, charger and controller are covered under warranty too. In general, the motor we find e-rickshaw users using motor capacity of 1 KW to 1.5KW with 60AH to 200 AH battery power.

Rising fuel cost, ease of drive and eco-friendly feature of these vehicles has made them more popular in recent times. As the number of electric vehicles are increasing on the street, the ease of accessibility and availability of EV to the commuters and traders make them prefer these over traditional ICE. 

The e-rickshaws or e-carts typically cost 1.2 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs while ICE based auto rickshaw may cost 2.5 lakh to 4 lakh depending on the model and certification. The government has undertaken several initiatives to popularize e-rickshaws and is gradually framing a regulatory to create a single national market for e-rickshaw such as the National Electric Mobility Mission, National Urban Livelihood Mission, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and Smart City Mission as well as state policies such as loans, regulatory frameworks and direct subsidies. This has led to the development of a comprehensive ecosystem to support the growth of the e-rickshaws.

Over the next five years, we expect to see a much larger shift in the number of e-rickshaws being used in India. However, there are many hurdles that need to overcome first, especially around standards and regulations. 

Adapt Motors Private Limited is South India’s pioneer 2 & 3 electric vehicle manufacturer since 2015. The company has certified products for passenger transit as well as the good carrier. The company is supply and providing service across PAN India locations. From 2020, company has started joint venture in African continent and is supplying electric 2 wheeler and 3 wheeler for African Continent. The Company invites distributors, dealers, traders, agents and investors who share the vision and mission of the company to recreate a society that allows humans, machines and environment to sustain together.

EV and African Market – Part 1

Green tech startups are leading Africa’s charge towards electric mobility, a critical intervention in the fight against climate change driven by a global tide in the use of electric vehicles (EVs).From the Cape to Cairo, every major cities in African continent are working towards the vision. To catalyse the transition and to ease the adoption of electric mobility, several countries are framing comprehensive policies. The decision by European Union (EU) in mid July, 2021 to phase out diesel and petrol car sales has a positive impact on African countries like South Africa, which exports nearly 64% of its manufactured vehicles to global markets.

Jane Akumu, a programme officer with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), says that the continent is awakening to the opportunities in the EV market, especially in electric two- and three-wheelers where the business opportunities in charging & battery swapping, local manufacturing & assembly as well as renewal energy are potential. “We see an interest in many African governments and the private sector in e-mobility today. There is increased interest in more countries to incentivise the uptake of EVs, like Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and many more where the governments are looking at EV uptake,” she says.

As many as 9 countries have allocated part of their Global Environment Facility funding to electric mobility. UNEP, through its Global E-Mobility programme, has been helping African countries to come up with the right policies to switch from fossil fuel mobility to electric mobility and is looking forward to see more countries and cities make clearer pronouncements such as the dates when they will phase out internal combustion engine vehicles. South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Rwanda, and North African countries are the early leaders in the EV market, according to UNEP. “We see governments reviewing their taxation structure, adopting EV policies and standards to favour EV uptake, and the private sector is also keen to have a share in this market. We have close to 50 startup companies in Kenya in the electric two- and three-wheeler space and by May 2021, there were about 18 e-mobility companies, with more being established faster than ever before,” she says.

East Africa has been the centre of Africa’s radical shift to electric mobility. Rwanda leads in the promotion of e-mobility through its recent raft of policy measures that include reduced electricity tariffs for EVs, zero VAT tax on EV consumables, exemption from import and excise duties and rent-free land for charging stations. Kenya has also gained critical market momentum to increase the adoption of electric mobility and has set a target of 5% of all newly registered vehicles to be electric by 2025.
“In Kenya, 64% of market players in e-mobility have invested in local assembly. We foresee a high demand for EVs especially in the two- and three-wheeler segment which would be more affordable compared to four-wheelers,” says the Kenya-based Association for Electric Mobility and Development in Africa (AEMDA).

In all the above processes to strive in conversion of ICE to Electric Mobility, the African players are being supported by Indian or Chinese suppliers in building, developing and supplying necessary technical knowledge and material. Adapt Motors Private Limited is also working in Kenya and other East African region in supply of three wheeler and two wheeler electric vehicles since 2020. With strategical partnerships and 5 year long plans, the company sees a great future in African Continent.

Offshore “ADAPT” Electric

From tag of #localtoglobal Adapt Motors takes the pride of sharing the offshore business success. The company has received a constructive contract of 5 years for manufacturing & supplying of Electric 2W and Electric 3W for African continent. The 3W electric vehicles are to be engaged for ecommerce supply whereas the 2W electric are food and medical supplies in remote areas. Adapt Motors is signing long term contacts for supply and service of these vehicles. 
With range of 100 kms on full charge the 3W electric is equipped with GPS tracking, Battery Management System Software which records the battery performance, additional solar power panel for self recharge. The vehicle has a cargo carrying capacity of 500 kgs and volumetric capacity of 130,000 cubic inches forth serving safe and economical transits. The supply of the vehicle is along with training module to drivers and fleet supervisors about the vehicle technology and handling day-to-day service. The company moreover provides warranties and adequate spares for just –in-service. The fleet managers are regularly engaged in updates and vehicle performance feedback sessions.
 On the other hand the 2W electric are having a range of 80 kms per full charge with swappable battery technology. These vehicles are also equipped with GPS and Battery Management System Software. The gross laden weighing capacity of the vehicle is around 300 kgs. The products are supplied in complete knockdown condition and later assembled at the destination from where it is catered to other end clients. With 1.5 kW motor and 2.5 kWh battery capacities, these vehicles are intended to perform on rough and gradient terrain conditions. 
Adapt Motors is a prominent electric vehicle manufacturer from Hyderabad, India. The company manufactures a range of 3W electric and 2W electric. Incorporated in 2015, the company has supplied to major clientele like Units operated by Government of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh for self-employment schemes, corporate like TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES, KAMINENI HOSPITALS, SHREE CEMENTS and others for internal logistics, campuses like Indian Army, Indian Air force for everyday logistic and many other start-up entrepreneurs for advertising and ecommerce business. The company is extensively reaching international community for offshore opportunities and welcome distributors, dealers, traders and corporate who are interested in catering the vision, products and services of the company around the world.

Waving a Green Flag for EV in South India.

plug your mobility with reusable energy.

Post lock-down every state government is striving to bring the economy of their state back on its feet. The governments are initiating some policies which are which are long term as well as ecological. The South Indian states are the great contributors to the National GDP. Any initiation by these business hub states are considered to be an impact on national economy.

Last week Telangana Government has initiated the EV Policy with great initiatives & incentives. The EV policy extended the support to the consumers by waiving the taxes & other cess from the road transport department. Major industrialists & auto manufacturers, have welcomed this step of state government. The Telangana EV policy also stressed on sharing the responsibility to various departments. The EV policy is aimed to encourage the purchase & usage of ecofriendly vehicles. The policy is drafted with a vision to attract the consumer & manufacturer. It shall lift the EV industry and overall automotive trade business.

This week the Tamil Nadu Government too initiated a similar policy for the state. The abstract in the policy of the Tamil Nadu government too showcase some incentives. Hence one may find a surge in the purchases of EV in coming months. The EV adaptation by Deccan & Dravida regions will open the a new chapter in the Indian automotive industry. Though the South Indian states were little cautious prior lock-down, but now with state governments initiation, the market has been open for purchase and use of the these ecofriendly automotive.

The market observed a shift by logistic owners & regular suppliers towards the EV earlier post lock down. The logistic industry is operating to optimize the mobility solution and save themselves from the cash crunch they faced during the lock down. Many big players of eCommerce like Amazon, Flipkart, Bigbasket & Swiggy are encouraging their vendors to adapt the EV in their fleet. It is very hard to beat the advantages that EV has over ICE in the last mile connectivity.

Corona might be very harsh in terms of lives & economy but has taught few lessons to humanity and now the people realize that they are not invincible for the acts against environment. Adapting EV shall be a remission for the future.

Hyderabad: Its a warning! You will be punished next time.

We pray for the strained victims of Hyderabad flood. Hyderabad has seen the worst flood effect in a century. The experts predict the worst is awaiting in years to come, if proper “ACTION PLAN” isn’t planned & implemented.

One of the factors for the heavy rainfall is due to the environmental change of the city. And the reason for cause is urban air pollution, waste management system and unplanned land encroachments. One need to act on all the factors to control & safeguard the future of the city. The loss of human & property in any way not acceptable. This rainfall has affected the businesses which were striving to withstand post lock-down. The worst part is the self-reliant owners like the street vendors & daily wagers. The infra and logistics business has come to standstill in internal parts of Hyderabad city affecting the overall business transactions.

A study has revealed that as a result of the changes, damages due to flood is going to increase in the coming years.

The urban areas have registered higher temperatures than rural surroundings. The Urban Heat Island(UHI) effect is making an impact on the rainfall patterns in the city. Due to high temperature in urban areas as compared to rural surroundings, cooler rural air converges towards urban area with low pressure,” Dr. S Venkateshwarulu, a geography expert of Osmania University, said.

Now, its time to act. Its not the time to be critic. Its time to be responsible not to show fingers elsewhere. It is time to protect your environment to save the city. Either by curbing the waste management in proper way to keep the lakes & canals clean, using the electric vehicles for urban transit & transportation to control the air pollution or think before buying your property to avoid real-estate encroachment. The Hyderabad businesses and the citizens need to act on these parameters to survive. The Government bodies must see to it. They(Government) need to bring some good initiatives & incentives to make Hyderabad clean, green & a safe city.

It is not just an ACT OF GOD, it is a warning for the mistakes of the past. One needs to rectify before being punished ultimately for the mistakes.

Shop on Wheels

The effect of pandemic had great impact on world’s economy. Even Indian market is facing the wrath of economic standstill because of lock-down, liquidation of cash flow and consumer trust ability post corona. Post lock-down, every business entity is striving to safeguard whatever is left over after the disaster. The human resource, bad debts & channel of trade are the biggest challenges that businesses are trying to cope up with. Over the above mentioned uphill tasks, the adaptability of market and the consumer confidence are the other major quadrants for the business to least sustain.

The Government & other support agencies are already boosting the business sector category wise. But at last, it is always an individual task to boost the own entity. With meagre consumer foot fall, the businesses are not finding it easy to sell their products. Adapt Motors Private Limited, an electric vehicle manufacturer of three wheeler autos have shared some e-mobility solutions to few of their prospecting consumer base – “SHOP ON WHEELS”, a great way to reach the consumer & safeguarding the risk of spreading the COVID19 virus. The model of business might old & existing but there are many segments who have not yet integrated this business model. The promotional product display & pop-up store at various centres would be an eye-catcher for the business stores. The new traders who cannot afford the monthly rentals of store may begin the business with low investment at least running cost. The mobility of the store allows them to cover a larger business ground & demographic of business.

Lets understand the business of a dry fruit trader, who  

“SHOP ON WHEEL” is a business model for every business whether it is service/product from a mobile grooming service store to grooming product display store, vegetable cart to chat canteen, book sales store to advertising agency, the reach ability of the business is spread across the target market demographic channel with an ease. It allows business to grab more market as well as sustain in these catastrophic phase.

Adapt Motors team had an opportunity to speak to the prospects and their needs. They supported dream of these service providers & traders by customizing the product to their business requirements. The company envision that the local business can be made vocal only by integrating mobility solution. We invite the business owners to speak to our e-mobility business development experts in regards to their feasible “SHOP ON WHEEL” business model.



The Telangana government has approved a new electric vehicle policy for the state. Under this initiative, 100 per cent exemption on road tax and registration will be provided to the first two lakh electric two-wheelers and first 5,000 electric commercial four-wheelers. This subsidy also extends to 20,000 three-seater electric auto rickshaws. Also included are 10,000 electric LCVs, 5,000 private electric four-wheelers and 500 electric buses.

These cars will be supported by a proposed ecosystem for electric mobility that will include infrastructure such as charging stations and battery swapping facilities.

Unlike the Delhi government’s policy that is aimed to promote EVs as a viable alternative to current forms of urban mobility, the Telangana government’s focus is on developing the state into an EV manufacturing hub. Manufacturers and other industries related to EVs will be eligible for a 20 per cent capital investment subsidy capped at Rs 30 crore. There will also be a subsidy on power tariffs capped at Rs 5 crore while 100 per cent reimbursement of SGST will b provided. This is limited to Rs 25 crores and seven years. The government will also pay the interest costs for these firms, limited to 5.25 per cent for five years and capped at Rs 5 crore. Finally, other exceptions like that on stamp duty will be given.

The state is expecting a Rs 30,000 crore investment to be made in this industry. This should lead to 1.2 lakh direct and 2.5 lakh indirect new jobs. To make this happen, the Telangana government will be setting up two exclusive induatrial parks for EV industries over 775 acres. These will work with the infrastructure already created for the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters at Raviryal and Maheshwaram.

The Telangana and Delhi EV policy show that there are numerous ways that this integration of EVs into our society can begin. For Delhi, the more populist strategy of incentivizing individual to switch to EVs seems more suitable given its critical pollution problems. While for Telangana, this switch can be integrated deeper through all levels of the economy. This may lead to deeper integration but calls for deeper investment with a more long term plan.


Our priority is to make lithium ion batteries in India, says Nitin Gadkari

There is a need to reduce dependence on the import of lithium ion batteries, one of the key components in electric vehicles (EVs), road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

“In e-mobility technology, the most imp thing is we should not depend on import the material used to make these vehicles. Our priority is to make all these materials , particularly lithium ion batteries in India,” Gadkari said at the e-mobility conclave.


“We have given mines of lithium ion to two private companies. We expect to get raw material as early as possible. At the same time we are developing technology. We are also doing research on sodium ion technology,” he said.

Lithium cells are the building blocks of rechargeable batteries for EVs, laptops and mobile phones. Currently, India is heavily dependent on import of these cells as the battery metal is available in India. This is also one of reasons why battery manufacturing has not picked up significantly in India even as the finance ministry last year announced customs duty exemption on lithium-ion cells, to lower the cost. Globally, lithium-ion cell manufacturing is dominated by China, followed by US, Thailand, Germany, Sweden and South Korea.


According to the minister, there is a need to make more EVs as higher volumes will ultimately reduce the cost of the product. “It is (electric vehicle) is economically viable as compared to petrol, diesel vehicle,” he said. “In the due course of time I expect people to use it.”




    • Battery cost dropping rapidly and may reach to half of its current level in less than 10 years.
    • Electric Vehicle performance is expected to improve by 2 times from its current levels in 10 years.
    • Charge time is decreasing from 5 hours to less than 1 hour thus reducing the Range anxiety.
    • Energy cost per km for electric vehicles is 4-5 times less than gasoline equivalents. However, the initial ownership cost of Electric vehicles is currently on the higher side.

Government of India (GOI) in its Automotive Mission Plan 2016 has laid a vision of ‘safe, comfortable and efficient mobility with an eye on environmental protection and affordability through both public and personal transport options’.


  • Nearly 80% of India’s crude requirement is imported.
  • Diesel based causes air quality degradation that perpetuates climate change. 
  • Diesel exhaust contains pollutants causing major health risks such as heart diseases, lung cancer etc


Electric vehicles in India has received little public interest despite being available for a significant period (REVA was launched in 2001), primarily due to the following issues

  • Inadequate charging infrastructure and high charging time with existing battery technologies
  • Absence of an Electric Vehicle portfolio across segments comparable with available ICE Vehicles
  • Maturity of current Battery technologies as well as the cost parity of EV’s with ICE vehicles


India currently has roughly 20 cars per 1000 persons, compared to 800 cars per 1000 persons in the United States, creating the growth opportunity but also posing challenges in terms of energy security, and environmental/infrastructure balance. The Indian Auto market size is projected anywhere between 9.8 M(@5.8 % growth) to 13.4 M(@7.5 % growth) cars alone in the year 2026. GOI launched its FAME scheme in 2015, outlining subsidies for EV adoption and bringing focus on four key areas of technology development, demand creation, pilot projects and charging infrastructure. However, the pace of adoption despite the government push failed to meet expectations, primarily due to lack of adequate charging infrastructure along with the high price & low performance of EVs. While the Pace of EV and battery technologies developments forecast a price/ performance parity with ICE vehicles by 2025, the availability of charging infrastructure remains a challenge and key to mass EV adoption.


Telangana was judged as No. 1 state in Ease of Doing Business for 2016 in DIPP rankings. As per a recent report by ASSOCHAM, Telangana surpassed its southern peer states in attracting investments. 

  1. A  major highlight of this reform process is TS i-PASS,  a  path-breaking industrial project approval system that provides time-bound clearances (15 days for megaprojects) based on self-certification. 
  2. Telangana State policy support goes beyond Ease of Doing Business and industrial infrastructure in form of preferential allotment to Made in Telangana products for government orders
  3. Telangana has the desired social and urban infrastructure to translate into a strong demand and nurturing ground for EV technologies. 
  4. Telangana has attracted significant investments from new and existing automotive units since its formation and is home to Mahindra & Mahindra and MRF manufacturing base along with Hyundai and ZF global R&D centers. 
  5. Telangana holds the legacy of a strong Electric & Electronics (core, defense, and aerospace) manufacturing base led by PSUs like ECIL & BHEL.
  6. A good supply of knowledge workers from premier technical Institutes such as IIT and IIIT has well supported these knowledge-based entities which can be further leveraged to support Research and Innovation initiatives for Electric Vehicles
  7. Telangana Industrial Infrastructure is unmatched with its vast Industrial land bank, 24*7 Power, and water supply.  Telangana holds a strong logistic advantage with its location on India’s Map and excellent highway.
  8. Telangana has abundant native labour supply for all shop floor activities in a manufacturing environment.


To establish  Telangana as the benchmark state in  India and a  showcase model of  International standards for  Electric Vehicle adoption across segments  (personal,  shared and commercial), supported by a world-class infrastructure and ecosystem. 


 The EV policy is targeted to achieve 100% migration to Electric Vehicles by 2030 in Telangana state in  alignment  with  Government  of  India  vision,  supported  by enabling  infrastructure  and local manufacturing base for Electric Vehicles and related components


  1. To attract investments worth 3.0 B USD and create employment for 50000 persons by 2022 through EV manufacturing & charging infrastructure development.
  2. Provide best in class ecosystem & infrastructure to make Telangana the EV Hub of India
  3. Develop a proving ground for viable Business models through accelerated demand for EVS
  4. Promote innovation in EVs and other emerging trends such as Autonomous/Connected Mobility
  5. Make Telangana state the preferred destination for Electric Vehicle &component manufacturing
  6. Creating a pool of skilled workforce for the Industry
  7. Create an ambiance for Industry & Research institutions to focus on cutting edge research in EV technologies


  1. Clear Definition of incentives on Supply and Demand Side of an Electric Vehicle ecosystem
  2. Support and a clear roadmap for developing charging infrastructure in the state
  3. Incentives related to various components of ownership cost of Electric Vehicles 
  4. Mandating Use of EVs at Institutional Level Starting with Government entities
  5. Establishing a start-up ecosystem to nurture innovation in EV technology space
  6. Support for Research & Innovation in Electric, Autonomous & Connected Mobility 
  7. Emphasis on skill development for EV design, development & manufacturing
  8. Promote manufacturing of Battery cells and packs through special status/ incentives


This policy builds upon the Telangana Industrial Policy framework 2014 that defined the Auto Sector as one of the priority sectors. However, considering the current shift in the Auto Sector towards Electric Vehicles, special status is accorded here to EV and EV component Industry. Both demand and supply side is assigned equal importance for policy support as demand is key to establishing an EV ecosystem. 

10.1 Demand Side Incentives: 

  • a) Road tax exemption for all-electric vehicles till 2025, expected year of price parity with ICE vehicles
  • b) Simulate demand for EVs through areas of quick adoption such as Taxi services, Public Transport and Institutional transportation
  • c) Establish an adequate network of charging/swapping 
  • d) Preferential Allotment will be made to Make in Telangana Vehicles for Government Orders

10.1.1 EV in Shared Mobility

  • a) Battery operated shuttle services at all Hyderabad Metro Stations for last-mile connectivity
  • b) A time-bound mandate for all auto rickshaws within GHMC to switch to EV, followed by other cities
  • c) Encourage cab operators/ aggregators to switch to full EV fleet in a phased manner.
  • d) Permission for corporate ownership of e-auto rickshaws/e-Ricks to enable entrepreneurship and create jobs for the economically backward segments. 
  • e) Extension of transport department retro fitment rule for existing vehicles.
  • f) Permission for ARAI certified E-rickshaws in the state.

10.1.2 EV in Public/Institutional Transport

  • a) Telangana State Transport corporation to set a target of 100% electric buses induction into their fleet.
  • b) Airport flight shuttles and PUSHPAK buses to be transitioned to EV on priority
  • c) Government vehicles (owned and contractual) to switch to all-electric by 2025, in a phased manner.
  • d) Contract carriage permits for private operators with EV fleet operations
  • e) Tourist places (national parks, ecological sites) in the state to switch to all EVs for transportation in and around their premises. 

10.1.3 EV in Corporate Transport, Hospitals and Educational Institutes

  • a) Corporate  offices  with an annual  turnover  of  Rs  50+  Crores  operating  within  city  limits  to compulsorily migrate 50% of their employee commuting fleet to EVs 
  • b) Allow use of CSR funds for electrification of employee commuting fleets
  • c) Encourage educational institutions & hospitals for a 50% switch of their Buses/Derivatives/Passenger vehicles fleet to Electric Vehicles

10.1.4 EV in Freight Transport, Logistics & Delivery Services and other applications

  • a) Encourage all freight and logistics firms to use Electric Vehicles in a phased manner
  • b) Intra-city goods delivery services (sub 2T category) to switch to EVs only by 2030 in a phased manner 
  • c) Encourage all app-based and e-commerce delivery services to migrate 100% of their vehicles fleet to EVs 
  • d) Use of Battery operated Application vehicles will be encouraged in government departments such as Municipal Corporations, Postal Services etc. across Telangana State.

10.1.5 EV for personal mobility

  • a) Exemption of registration charges on personal vehicles purchase
  • b) Interest-free loans up to 50% of the cost to all state government employees for the purchase of EVs
  • c) Only Electric vehicles will be allowed in high traffic density areas, Heritage zones, IT SEZs and similar EV Zones in Hyderabad.
  • d) Free Parking in public parking places and Toll exemption on State Highways for EVs

10.2 Supports for Charging Infrastructure

  • a) Adequate policy support will be provided for the development of charging/swapping infrastructure 
  • b ) Government  of  Telangana  will work  with  GOI  for the  development  of common  standards  for batteries and charging infrastructure to ensure interoperability wherever possible. 
  • c) Government will set up first 100 fast charging stations in GHMC and other cities in a phased manner.
  • d) Charging points for personal vehicles of Government employees would be provided at Government office parking lots, starting with Hyderabad, followed by other cities in the state.
  • e) A viable business model will be developed for Private players to setup ARAI compliant EV charging stations/ infrastructure at public places such as airports, railway/ metro stations, parking lots, bus depots, markets and malls.
  • f) Electricity distribution companies will bring in amendments to their policies to enable setting up of private charging station and allow re-sale of power
  • g) A separate category of Power tariff will be created for EV Charging, both public and private. Duty exemption on power tariff will be extended to public charging stations for duration of 5 years
  • h) Land belonging to Government Agencies within Hyderabad and other cities will be offered to private players on long term lease at subsidized rates and 2 year moratorium period on rental payment for setting up charging/swapping stations, through a transparent bidding process. 
  • i) Provision for charging spots will be made mandatory in all commercial buildings 
  • j) Amendment to building and construction laws will be made to ensure charging infrastructure is integrated at the planning stage itself for all new constructions. 
  • k) All existing apartment associations with 200+ families will be encouraged to provide charging points in parking lots.
  • i) Existing Residential Townships with 1000+ families will be encouraged to develop charging stations
  • m) 75% of SGST paid on the fast charging equipment / machinery procured by any entity for setting up private/public/institutional charging stations will be reimbursed.
  • n) Supply of Renewable energy will be ensured on preferential basis at special tariffs for EV charging stations with zero connection cost and wheeling charges
  • o) A battery disposal infrastructure model will be created to facilitate deployment of used EV batteries
  • p) Charging/ swapping station will be provided at every 50 kms within state boundaries on highway.
  • q) HMR stations and TSRTC Bus depots (across state) will provide reserved parking and free charging stations for two wheelers in their parking zones

10.3 Supply Side Incentives:

The Government will provide benefits/incentives, depending upon the scale of investment as per the categories defined in MSMED act 2006 and Telangana Industrial Policy framework 2014. Investments beyond 200 Crores will be treated as Mega Projects and will be offered tailor made benefits

10.3.1 Infrastructure Support: 

EV Cluster: A designated EV cluster spread over 1500-2000 acres catering to EV/EV component manufacturing for two wheelers, Cars, Buses & Trucks will be integrated with the Automotive Park plan. The EV cluster will have common facilities specific to the requirements of EV units, as given below

  1. Shared facilities to meet staffing and training requirements
  2. A common facility for Design, prototyping and testing available to all units in the cluster

An Automotive Suppliers Park(ASP) to improve the logistics competitiveness for the units

  • Common infrastructure such as Drainage/ ETP/ STP& utilities such as Power, Gas &Water
  • A State-of-art Business environment with facilities such as Convention & exhibition centres
  • A Logistics Hub to provide with multimodal transport for safe and efficient handling of cargo

Built-Up Space with ready factory sheds will be developed to be used mainly by MSME units. 

a) Automotive Electronics Cluster: An  Automotive  Electronics Cluster will be developed within the proposed Electronics city near  Hyderabad where  Special status and incentives will be accorded to units manufacturing electronic components including batteries cells/Packs for Electric Vehicles.

b) Land: Allotment of land will be carried out across three categories:

  • Plots in Integrated Automotive Parks & EV Clusters developed by TSIIC for purchase or on lease with common facilities including ETP, internal infrastructure and other common facilities
  • Individual Plots on Stand-Alone Basis outside the Industrial Parks developed by TSIIC
  • Land for Development of Automotive Park / EV Cluster developed through privately owned or PPP modes of investments

c) Industrial Water: Government has earmarked  10%  water from  all  existing  and  new  irrigation sources for industrial utilization. Water will be provided at subsidised rates to Mega Projects

d) Industrial Power: 24*7 Power supply is a norm for Industrial units operating in Telangana State. Furthermore, Power Tariff Subsidy and duty exemption will be extended to EV units in the state.

e) Support Infrastructure: Support infrastructure like roads, power and water will be provided at door  step  of  the  industry  for  standalone  units  through  Infrastructure  assistance  under  IIDF 

f) Environmental Infrastructure: In the Auto Parks / EV Clusters, Government will facilitate the development of a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)/Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in PPP mode by engaging experienced firms.

10.3.2 Research & Development: 

Considering that the EV technologies are fast evolving, the need for Research & Development is key to accelerate the parity point of price/performance with ICE vehicles. It will also help develop solutions as per local operating conditions and local supply chain considerations. 

  • Smart Mobility Technologies Cluster (SMT): T-Hub has launched a start-up incubation program named Smart Mobility Technologies cluster, to promote innovation in advance mobility space, particularly EVs. SMT Cluster will form a mentor board in partnership with EV, shared mobility, and Energy firms to help start-ups translate their ideas into a viable business model. An Incubation fund with Industry support will be created to provide financial support to Start-ups in EV space. 
  • Mobility Engineering Cluster: A Mobility Engineering will be developed with Industry partnership. This facility with its state of the art infrastructure is envisaged to establish a global benchmark in design, development and validation for EVs and autonomous/ connected mobility. 
  • Centre of  Excellence: State  Government will partner with premier  Technical  Institutes and research establishments across the state to  establishing  Centre of  Excellence for conducting market-focused research on Battery Technologies, battery management, motors, and controllers. 
  • EV Research Hub: A dedicated facility with special incentives will be developed to house EV R&D centers by local and global EV Majors.  
  • Telangana EV Innovation Fund: An  Innovation fund will be created by the government  to offer financial  support to  EV  OEMs,  ancillaries, and  Start-ups  for  research  and  innovation in  Battery technologies.  
  • EV Testing Facility: One of the major costs for the industry is the testing of components and vehicles for compliance with global standards. Telangana State will pursue with the GOI to bring a National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) for Electric Vehicles to the state
  • T-Works  Automotive  Prototyping center: Recognised as  India’s largest  Prototyping  Center,  T-WORKS  will have a  dedicated wing for prototyping of  Electric  Vehicle components/assembly. Industry partnership in the same will be invited from EV OEMs and large component manufacturers. The facility will serve start-ups and MSME units in the EV space at subsidised rates.


The availability of quality manpower in good supply is key to supporting any  Industrial operation. The state will identify nature and quantum of the skill set required by the institute to develop and execute training programs on EV design, development & manufacturing through various channels

  • Telangana  Academy of  Skill  and Knowledge(TASK):  On lines of the  National  Skill  Development  Corporation  (NSDC),  a  not-for-profit company under the  Companies  Act,  2013.  A dedicated Skill development centre for EV/EV component manufacturing on PPP model will be set up under the aegis of TASK and with support from EV Industry. 
  • Finishing  Courses: Short  term  (4-6  months)  finishing course post completion of graduate Engineering courses will be introduced  in select  Engineering  Colleges and  Premier  Technical Institutes in collaboration with  Global  Tech  Universities.  These courses will be designed in consultation with EV Industry and will include short internship module at partnering OEMs 
  • PG Courses on EVs: 2-year PG course on EV Technology with scholarship assistance will be initiated in partnership with premier institutes such as IIT Hyderabad and IIIT Hyderabad and in consultation with the EV industry. NIT Warangal is already running one such master’s programme.

10.3.4 Battery Cell Manufacturing and Assembly Promotion

Manufacture and assembly of Advance* batteries will be encouraged in the State by means of special status and incentives. 

*Lithium-ion and other battery chemistries with an energy density higher than the Li-ion battery 

10.3.5Charging/swapping Equipment Manufacturing Promotion

Development of a charging network is dependent on the quality supply of charging/swapping equipment &machinery. 


  • Single-Window System: Telangana implemented TS i-PASS in 2015, an Industrial Project approval system based on self-certification. It also protects Investors interest with Right to Single Window Clearance and provision for penal action on the officers who delay the applications. 
  • Exit Mechanism: Considering the high volatility  and the risk associated with maturing EV Technologies, the Government of Telangana in consultation with the Government of India will put in place a mechanism for a reasonable exit strategy for the EV enterprises. 
  • Labour Environment: Subject to applicable laws as far as possible, the Government will consider giving permission to the Electric Vehicle and components industry for 24×7 (three shifts) operations, employment of women in night shifts, flexibility in employment conditions including working hours for women and shorter/ longer shift timings and hiring of contract workers. 
  • Technical Committee to certify/define an EV enterprise: A Technical Committee will be constituted with a  mandate to certify/define  Vehicle/  components  Manufacturers including  EV  lithium-ion battery units claiming incentives and concessions under Telangana Electric Vehicle Policy.
  • Steering Committee for EV Charging Infrastructure: A steering committee will be constituted with a mandate of time-bound implementation of charging station network in Hyderabad City followed by other cities/smart cities within Telangana State
  • Telangana  State  EV  Advisory council: A  “State  Electric  Vehicle  Advisory  Council”  shall be constituted with support from SIAM, ACMA, SMEV, CII, FICCI and other industry associations. This council and will have distinguished members from Industry, Academia and Research who will review the progress of EV policy initiatives on both demand and supply side. The council will advise the Government on remedial measures needed to address any concern as well as course corrections at policy level. This Consultative Committee shall also facilitate coordination with the Government of India in areas requiring support for effective development of EV ecosystem in the state


E-Mobility Solution is not just purchasing EVs but lot more than that.

Things have changed post covid19 unlock. The awareness about health, hygiene & habitat has exponentially increased & community are adhering these as essentials. New business agenda are set & every business has adapted essence of need to protect the surrounding to be safe. The Logistic EV wagon manufacturers have even brought in some attractive option for anyone who is looking for better cost optimisation & add their brand in ecological friendly business.

Why are the EVs viable & attractive options?

Making it easier to purchase

As a layman or a business tycoon, it is always a priority to maintain the suitable investment & running cost of the business. The special incentives & initiatives by the Government of India as well as various state governments have made the fuel vehicle a serious no-no for most of the business/owners. The exemption in taxes makes the EVs a viable and highly attractive option for the logistics.

An optimised logistic solutions

In my experience, most merchandise/ business don’t currently have company fleet for logistic. This is because they don’t want to divert & take trouble of fleet management. With EVs now a more viable alternative, it’s possible to get the high-yield logistic you want, but within the range of business.

Removing fuel based fleet within the campus or hub range for zero-emission e-cart/e-rickshaw is a game changer. EVs suddenly has become a great option for anyone looking to purchase an efficient solution for their business logistic, while also removing the harmful emissions from ICE automobile, making your commute more environmentally sound.

If you want an efficient commute, it’s a no-brainer to opt for ease to drive & economical viable EVs. Under the new rules from the Government of India, you could buy Adapt Motors’ SWEEKAR model for Hundred Thousand Rupees only, which is far lesser than any Fuel-engine goods/passenger carrier that inreturn incur tax and costs that would make purchasing one as a company vehicle totally impractical, but by going the EV route, you get the same performance with more efficiency.

Driving down your carbon footprint

Of course, the lower tax costs & cost of the vehicle are not the only reasons for choosing an EV. In 2020, with climate change high on the agenda, there’s a pressing need for all of us to become more environmentally friendly – and choosing a more sustainable vehicle is key to this. The awareness created around due pandemic situation & responsibility among the individual to contribute to the society is also a driving factor for implementing e-mobility solution for business.

The Government is doing the right thing and promoting the use of EVs to help lower carbon emissions and meet the India’s sustainability targets. And by making use of these new incentives, you can do your bit to lower your own carbon footprint. It’s now not just your contribution but even your responsibility & would replicate your business attitude towards society.

Leasing, buying or financing your EV

Choosing the best way to finance your new performance EV can seem like a complex task to begin with. Knowing whether you’re better off buying the vehicle outright or leasing it through the business is a big decision and something where professional advice is a definite bonus.

At Adapt Motors, we can help you understand the EV opportunity and make the most of buying or leasing a desirable EV through your company.

Our advisors can help you:

  • Choose the right type of vehicle – we’ll make sure you’re looking at fully electric vehicles that meet the criteria for emissions and range, and that you’re not opting for one of the many hybrid petrol/electric models that don’t qualify for the discounted tax option.
  • Decide whether to buy or lease – once you’ve narrowed down your choice of EV, we’ll help you calculate whether the best route is to lease the vehicle, go for a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) – similar to a hire purchase arrangement – or buy the vehicle outright through your business. Any EV you purchase will be bought through the company and becomes an asset that will depreciate over time.
  • Help you to setup the infrastructure & training to the drivers in regards to usage & maintenance of the vehicle for more efficient mileage. They also map out the route for fleet managers & keep a periodical track of route metrics to understand and develop better solution over the period.

Now’s the time to switch to an EV

Choosing a new EV as your company vehicle is a great opportunity, but one where professional advice will help you gets more value from your new vehicle. By taking the EV route, you can end up driving a highly sustainable performance vehicle, that meets your goals as an owner and is also more economical to finance and run than a similarly speed ICE vehicle.

The Adapt Motors is a good starting point for narrowing down your choice of vehicle. Talk to us about your EV options and the opportunity for purchasing high-spec sustainable electric passenger/goods carriers. Find our E-mobility solutions at Adapt Electric .