To Clear Road For Electric Cars, Petrol/Diesel Vehicles To Face Ban- India
When it comes to making proposals, the present government’s think tank NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030. Not just that he even purposed that after 2030 all petrol and diesel vehicles should also be banned. As per the proposal by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant led panel Govt. should only allow sale of electric vehicles, from 2030. It has also suggested that the ministry pilots an e-highways programme – with an overhead electricity network – to enable plying of trucks and buses on select National Highways. The proposals are part of the plan to manufacture 50 Gigawatt hour (GWh) batteries by 2030. The proposal is in line with what Nitin Gadkari, the current transport minister, had suggested back in 2017. OOut of number to total new vehicals purahcsed in India, only 1% are electric vehicles as India has only 4 lakh electric vehicles (both two and four wheelers). Earlier, a panel headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had suggested that only electric-powered three-Wheeler’s and two-Wheeler’s with engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025. What left to be seen is if SIAM (Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers) will give a green signal to the proposal of selling only electric cars post 2030. Carmakers like Tata and Mahindra are already developing EVs for India and in the near future, even Hyundai and Kia have plans to manufacture EVs in the country.