India promoting the adoption of fuel-efficient cars; aims to go all-electric by 2030
The adoption of fuel-efficient cars is being widely promoted by the government authorities in India, evidently in an effort to achieve the ambitious goal of pushing the country to go all-electric by the year 2030. The Indian government has set an ambitious target and the track record for implementation of government plans in India isn’t promising. It would be difficult for people to shift to electric vehicles if the Indian government fails to provide the required subsidy for electric vehicles.
In order to power India’s electric vehicles (EV) dream, the government has initiated the National Electric Mobility Mission (NEMM) by launching the ‘FAME’ scheme --- that is, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles scheme.
Under the FAME scheme, Indian cities which have a population of more than 1 million will receive up to $16 million in grants from the government, for the purchase of electric vehicles in the 2018 fiscal year.
In an evident effort to take advantage of the FAME scheme, a number of electric-vehicle models were displayed by automakers at the 2018 Auto Expo. Earlier, at the 2017 annual congregation of the auto industry, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari reiterated the government’s support for electric cars by warning that the automakers in the country will “get bulldozed” if they do not ‘go green.’
Although the government’s 2030 deadline for India to go all electric appears to be too ambitious, it is evident that EV adoption in the country is inevitable in the future. However, to adequately prepare the automakers for the EV shift, it is imperative that the government should lay down a clear policy, time-frame, and infrastructure to promote the growth of the EV sector.
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