Surat Municipal Corporation first in India to encourage its employees to purchase Electric Vehicles



Surat: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is the country’s first civic body to encourage its employees to buy electric vehicles (EVs). To reduce automobile pollution and accomplish Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of making Surat the country’s first EV city, the SMC aided 149 employees from various departments in purchasing EV two-wheelers at discounted rates and contribute their bit in improving the city’s air quality.

The initiative was taken by the newly inducted Municipal Commissioner Shalini Agarwal for encouraging SMC employees to switch to EVs to reduce vehicle pollution and making Surat the first EV city in India.

About 20% of the pollution is from vehicles in the transport sector of India. The SMC with the support of the Central and the State Governments has implemented a separate policy ‘Surat City Electric Vehicle Policy’ starting from January 1, 2022, with the mission of increasing more and more electric vehicles in Surat. The EV policy can be accessed at

SMC has operationalized over 25 public charging stations in various parts of the city to provide owners with easy access to charge their electric vehicles, fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim that Surat will be the city of ‘electric automobiles in India.

Surat is leading the way in the country in terms of electric vehicle acceptability. In less than a year, the city has around 16,831 electric vehicles on the road. Experts predict that the sale of electric vehicles is increasing and that the city will soon be known as India’s “Electric Vehicle City.”

An increase in electric vehicles will reduce air pollution and improve the Air Quality Index (AQI).

Officials said that about 25 public charging stations have been operationalized in the areas such as Ring Road, Navsari Bazar, Lal Darwaja, Parvat Patia, Nana Varachha, Sarthana Nature Park, Katargam, Ved Road, Umarwada, Dumbhal, Parle Point, Dumas Road near Valentine Cinema, Piplod, Udhana-Magdalla Road, Vesu, Pandesara, Jahangirpura, Adajan, and Pal.

Sources said the unit rate for charging an electric vehicle will be Rs 14 (excluding GST). The owners of electric cars will have to use EVOLUTE-SURAT mobile application for charging their vehicles at public charging stations.

A senior official said, “SMC commissioner Shalini Agarwal took the initiative for encouraging the employees to purchase EVs. The civic body contacted the leading manufacturers of EVs in India for bulk deals on discounted rates and zero down payment. The SMC employees’ credit society has approved the loan for EV vehicles for all 149 employees. More and more employees will be joining the initiative on the auspicious occasion of the Diwali festival”