Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: Plea in Delhi HC to include hydrogen fuel cell vehicles under FAME-II, Auto News, ET Auto

Plea in Delhi HC to include hydrogen fuel cell vehicles under FAME-IINew Delhi: A plea has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking the Court’s direction to expand the scope and ambit of the FAME India Phase II scheme and extend and encompass the hydrogen energy infrastructure.

The plea by advocate Ashwini Kumar was listed on Thursday for hearing before a division bench of the High Court presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh.

While hearing the petitioner the Court expressed its displeasure at the government for spending only 2%, INR 20 crore out of a budget of INR 1,000 crore, for setting up charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) across the country.

The plea states that the primary objective of the FAME scheme is to reduce the dependence on petroleum resources, counter the impact of internal combustion engine vehicles on the environment, and keep pace with the gradual shift of the automobile industry towards alternative fuels including electric vehicles.

The petitioner has sought the court’s directive to the government for allocating a part of the unutilized funds from the FAME India Phase II Scheme for promoting and incentivizing demand for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and construction and operation of hydrogen refueling stations.

In industry parlance, hydrogen has been touted as the most significant element in achieving NET ZERO emission goals by the European Commission.

The decision on the matter is still pending and the next hearing on this matter will take place on May 18, 2021.

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