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Context: The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently announced “Mission 50K-EV4ECO” to strengthen the country's electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

Mission 50K-EV4ECO


  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently announced “Mission 50K-EV4ECO” to strengthen the country's electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
  • This initiative aims to support 50,000 EV entrepreneurs and enterprises in the next three years through various interventions such as financing, mentoring, capacity building and market linkages.
  • As part of Mission 50K-EV4ECO, SIDBI will directly offer loans to qualified small and medium-sized businesses for the acquisition of EVs and the development of charging infrastructure, including battery swapping.
  • Mission 50K-EV4ECO goal is to electrify 50,000 vehicles by 2025.


  • The objective is to strengthen the nation's electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
  • The scheme's pilot phase is focused on encouraging the use of electric two/three/four-wheelers by providing direct and indirect lending support to vehicle aggregators, fleet operators, and leasing businesses.
  • The mission will focus on four key areas:
    • Awareness and advocacy
    • Access to finance
    • Access to technology
    • Access to markets
  • It will also support various segments of the EV value chain such as manufacturing, charging infrastructure, battery recycling, mobility services and skill development.

Steps taken

  • SIDBI has partnered with several stakeholders such as industry associations, incubators, accelerators, research institutions and government agencies to implement the mission. Some of the key partners are;
    • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
    • Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)
    • Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
    • Electric Vehicle Association of India (EVAI)
    • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
    • Startup India
    • Invest India


  • The mission is expected to have a significant impact on the growth and development of the EV sector in India. It will also help in creating employment opportunities, enhancing competitiveness, promoting innovation and fostering a green economy.


Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

  • It is a financial institution that provides loans and other assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India.
  • It was established in 1990 under an act of Parliament and is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is the principal financial institution for the promotion, financing and development of MSMEs in India.

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