24 Jul 2019
India is continuing to encourage residents to buy and make use of electric vehicles as it looks at EVs as the answer to solve the rising issue of pollution.
Having already targeted an end to pollution, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari, in 2017, had stated that he wanted India to be using fully EVs by 2030. He had strongly claimed, ‘I am going to do this, whether you like it or not. And I am not going to ask you. I will bulldoze it.’ However, the Minister and the government had reduced their goal from a 100% to 30% use of EVs, with the reason mainly being worries of job cuts from the industry.
Two-wheelers and three-wheelers are now being prioritised by the government. Indian automobile manufacturers published information highlighting that two-wheelers have had an increase in sales in the last financial year, ending in March. The report issued showed that around 3.4 million passenger cars, 21.2 million two-wheelers and 0.7 million three-wheelers were sold.
The government is now looking to have a higher number of EVs on the Indian roads, aiming to see only electric three-wheels used by 2023 and then only electric two-wheelers by 2025. The Indian government is posed to be a leading country in the use of EVs as well to tackle the problem of pollution.
In order to become a ‘"global hub of manufacturing of electric vehicles’, which is what Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated during the budget, India must outtake China, which has the biggest EV market.