India has been deeply participating in supporting various corporates, start-ups and investors in the electric mobility drive of the Indian government, but the Centre clarified during Lok Sabha meeting yesterday, that there are certainly no concrete plans to go 100% electric by 2030.
In August 2017, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that India will go all electric with sale of only electric cars by 2030. While this announcement was warmly welcomed, there were doubts about how well it will be received practically and amid this skeptism, the Parliament was informed by the government that there is no plan under consideration at present to have all vehicles electric powered in the country by 2030. The statement was presented in Lok Sabha by Babul Supriyo, the minister of heavy industries in written, stating, “There are, at present, no plans under consideration of the Department of Heavy Industry to make all vehicles in the country powered by electricity by 2030.”
Now that is in total contradiction with what Goyal had announced last year and even Niti Aayog has been currently tasked with preparing a vision for electric cars and a policy document on EVs has defined a 15-year roadmap to attain complete electrification. Even more, Goyal stated last week that, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way. We are going to make electric vehicles self- sufficient like UJALA. The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.”
However, the valid explanation for Government’s statement in Lok Sabha yesterday could be the fact that automakers like Mercedes-Benz India urged the government not to rush into all-EV push because there might be ‘better technological options’ in future. It is true that the rest of world is racing for a run on hydrogen and not electricity. So one can imagine putting too much resources, unimaginable amount of money and finally switching to EVs which nobody else uses and they enjoy better, more efficient futuristic fuels. Certainly don’t want the fiasco, do we?