NEW DELHI, March 1 -- In a bid to boost electric vehicle infrastructure in the country, the centre on Friday approved phase II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles (Fame). The scheme finally got Union cabinet nod after being delayed by nearly two years.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Rs10,000 crore for the scheme which will be implemented from April 1, 2019 over a period of three years. The scheme is an expanded version of the first phase of Fame. This comes in the backdrop of the government's aim to move 25% of transportation to electric power by 2030 in order to reduce air pollution.

The first phase of Fame scheme, launched in 2015 in order to promote manufacturing of electric...