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Government May Include Electric Vehicles In Priority Sector Lending

By PTI August 28, 2023

Inclusion of EVs in priority sector lending has the potential to increase investor confidence by providing a market signal of ongoing government commitment to the sector

Government May Include Electric Vehicles In Priority Sector Lending
According to a NITI Aayog report of January 2022, EVs in commercial use cases, represent favourable segments towards their inclusion in priority sector lending. Shutterstock
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The government is considering a proposal to include electric vehicles (EVs) in priority sector lending category, a senior official said.

"We have received a representation to include EV in priority sector. We will look at reworking the priority sector lending requirements for banks," the official said adding the issue has to be discussed with the Reserve Bank of India.

As per RBI guidelines, it is mandatory for banks to extend 40 per cent of their adjusted net bank credit to priority sector.

Currently, seven sectors -- agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), export credit, education, housing, social infrastructure, and renewable energy -- are considered for priority sector lending (PSL).

Inclusion of EVs in PSL has the potential to increase investor confidence by providing a market signal of ongoing government commitment to the sector.

It can also ensure a swift and equitable transition by providing a mandate for financial institutions to direct credit to segments and use cases where credit deficiency persists despite compelling economics.

According to a NITI Aayog report of January 2022, electric two and three-wheelers, as well as four-wheelers in commercial use cases, represent favourable segments towards inclusion of EVs in priority sector lending.

This is due to greater need for formal credit, higher potential for job creation and scale in urban and rural areas, relatively high sales forecasts, greater model availability, and smaller gap to parity in total cost of ownership.

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