The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has stated that all the new vehicles sold in India by 2047 will be electric.
SIAM has also said that the intra-city public transport fleet will go all-electric in India by 2030. This information was revealed by a white paper submitted to the government.
The white paper also states that the 40 percent of new vehicles sold in India will be electric by 2030. In a statement, SIAM said that the white paper had been submitted in line with the government's vision to achieve 100 percent public electric mobility and 40 percent personal electric mobility by 2030.
SIAM has proposed that India will achieve 100 percent electric vehicle (battery electric or fuel cell) sales by 2047, that is the hundredth anniversary of India's independence. The roadmap from SIAM also states that 60 percent of new vehicles sold in the country should have greener technologies such as hybrid powertrain or alternate fuels by 2030.
SIAM President Abhay Firodia said that to achieve the pure electric mobility, the automobile industry, the government and stakeholders need to work together and invest with 100 percent commitment. The report also added that the alternative fuel vehicles would be stepping stone towards achieving 100 percent electric mobility.
The Government of India has been encouraging the use of electric vehicles in India and recently announced that it would be providing incentives for EVs in the form of low road tax. In line with the government's vision, several automakers are working on developing electric vehicles for India.
Mahindra is the only automaker in India to retails electric cars, whereas the two-wheeler electric vehicle segment has seen a considerable growth in the past few years. Tata Motors has recently delivered a fleet of Tigor electric vehicles to the government as part of shifting towards electric mobility.
In the two-wheeler segment, Okinawa has launched its new Praise scooter in India with stylish looks; Hero Electric also sells electric scooters in India. Ather Energy is also expected to launch its electric scooter in 2018. Apart from that major automaker such as Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS are also planning to develop electric two-wheelers.
The government's vision to go all-electric by 2030 has been in the headline for quite some time. Now, SIAM has proposed a roadmap on how to achieve the goal. To sell more electric vehicles, the primary requirement is the charging infrastructure. The government needs to have a concrete plan to set up charging stations across the country which will play a vital role in promoting electric vehicles.