India wants to tackle its pollution and environmental problems, and hopes to end the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030.
According to The Times of India, Piyush Goyal, India’s minister for power, coal, new and renewable energy, and mines, told the Confederation of Indian Industry’s 2017 Annual Session, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way”.
Citing the country’s push to reduce energy use through the widespread adoption of LED lights, the minister claimed that the government would “make electric vehicles self-sufficient” and “by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country”.
Above: Outside the 2016 Delhi motor show
In a report from the International Business Times, Goyal expressed the government’s desire for the electric vehicle market to be ultimately “driven by demand and not subsidy”.
That said, automakers would need two to three years of handholding, after which “the cost of electric vehicles will start to pay for itself for consumers”. The government is currently mulling assistance in the form of low-cost financing or GST relief.
In addition to making the vehicles more financially desirable, the Indian government will need to flesh out the country’s infrastructure.
The minister says the administration is investing in charging infrastructure in large population centres, like Delhi, which has some of the world’s worst pollution.
In addition to this, the government is considering investing in or incentivising battery swapping stations, which can remove a depleted battery and replace it with a fully charged one in “less time than what it takes to put petrol in your car”.