The Indian government has finally decided to do away with any plans to come up with an Electric Vehicle (EV) policy for the Indian context. The announcement was made during a press briefing on 16 February 2018.
Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkarisaid, “There is no need for any policy now”. His statement was reinforced byNitiAyog CEO, Mr. Amitabh Kant:“What we need is just action plans. Every day, new technology is coming up into the market. Technology is always ahead of rules and regulations. And in India, it becomes very tough to change rules and regulations, so let there be just actions”.
These statements by the officials are in contrast with what the government has been emphasising on earlier. Previously, the authorities were aggressively pushing for automotive electrification in India. But the plan to put a complete ban on conventional fossil fuel powered vehicles (even hybrids), and putting only EVs to implementation by 2030 was regarded as an over-ambitious dream by most automakers, considering the fact that India has a non-existent EV support structure.
Though such a change of stance by the government will surely come as a relief for most carmakers, who were unprepared for an abrupt shift to the EV technology. However, some manufacturers such as Toyota claim that they will remain committed to the ‘Green Automotive Technology’ irrespective of the government’s plans.
An official statement from Toyota said, “We have always been in the forefront working on ever better mobility solutions to address rising levels of emission and fuel consumption not only globally, but also in India. Toyota will introduce appropriate products in consultation with all stakeholders. In line with Toyota’s Global Environmental Challenge 2050 to achieve zero CO2 emissions, we remain committed on our continuous efforts in developing alternate mobility technologies towards the conservation of our environment”.
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