Battery Operated Vehicles

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  • The Ministry is promoting research, development and demonstration projects in the field of battery operated vehicles (BOVs) under the Alternative Fuel For Surface Transportation programme.
  • The objective of the demonstration programme is to promote non-polluting Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs) in the country, which help in conserving oil and curb environmental pollutions.
  • Under the demonstration programme central subsidy is provided through renewable energy development agencies and departments in the States and UTs to institutional users for the purchase of the BOVs.
  • Under the research & development component of the programme, different institutions, like, IISc., Bangalore ; CECRI, Karaikudi; NCL, Pune; C-MET, Pune; RRL, Bhubaneswar; Jadavpur University, Kolkata have undertaken research and development projects on new materials for development of high energy density and low discharge rate nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) and lithium ion polymer electrolyte batteries for use in BOVs.