Auto GST Council cuts tax on electric vehicles, chargers from 12% to 5% Updated : July 29, 2019 06:37 AM IST The new rates will be applicable from August 1, 2019, GST Council said. The council also decided to exempt GST for local authorities on hiring of electric vehicles with a carrying capacity of more than 12. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.