Eco-friendly transportation is the need of the hour. Fortunately, the Indian government has realised this and is working hard to transform this dream scenario into a real one. In what could be seen as a positive step in this direction, the country plans to achieve the target of having only electric cars on the Indian roads by the year 2030.
India with its 1.2 billion people, is currently one of the most populous countries in the world. Thus means, if the country makes a permanent switch from the petrol-powered cars to the electric cars, it could really have a substantial affect on the quality of air in the country.
India began on the path to eco-friendly transport, back in the year 2013, when it formed the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan and, later, the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles (FAME) plan. The plans were conceived and well-planned in order to achieve the goal of putting 6-7 million hybrid and electric vehicles on Indian roads by the year 2020.
The plan includes the Indian Government offering automobile manufacturers cash incentives to increase their production of electric vehicles (EVs) as well as subsidising the total cost involved in converting a fossil-fuel-gulping petrol car into an electric one.
But, now it seems, the government has decided to take their vision to another level altogether and have only EVs on the Indian roads in the future.
According to the reports doing round in the media, the plans will not be completely backed by Government funding. Although the government will offer incentives, the plan is to allow drivers have an electric car at no up-front cost whatsoever, and then let them pay off the car cost with the money they would save on the fuel.
According to India’s Power Minister Piyush Goyal, the system can be made self-sustaining, meaning electricity tariffs need not to necessarily increase, however India would surely require a more efficient electricity system.