In August 2017, Union Minister Piyush Goyal made an announcement that the government plans to shift to pure electric vehicles by 2030.
Major automakers were surprised by this decision, and a lot of debate was going on the same. Electric vehicles are a welcome move with increasing pollution, but the challenge is the implementation.
Now, the Parliament was informed that, currently there are no plans to have pure electric vehicles by 2030. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Babul Supriyo said that, at present, there are no plans to go all-electric by 2030.
In 2017, after Goyal announced government's EV strategy, several car manufacturers announced their plans to introduce electric cars in the country. Niti Aayog has been given the task of preparing the roadmap for electric vehicles in India. But now it looks like all these developments make no sense.
In a push towards electric mobility, India's leading automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Mahindra have already started the development of electric cars for India. Japanese automakers Toyota and Suzuki recently signed a MoU to develop EVs for India which will be introduced by 2020.
Leading player in the electric vehicle segment, Mahindra also announced that it would introduce two new EVs in India which will be based on the current-gen models. The company had also announced that it would be investing around Rs 600 crore in the next three years to develop these electric vehicles.
On the other hand, Tata Motors has already commenced the production of Tigor EV which is being procured by EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.). The deal was part of a tender called for 10,000 EVs. Tata Motors will provide EVs in two phases with 500 cars already delivered. In the second phase, the remaining 9,500 electric cars will be delivered.
It looks like the government has shifted to reverse gear in its strategy to adopt all-electric vehicles. But the government is working on setting up basic infrastructure to promote electric vehicles in India. The latest statement leaves a shadow of doubt on the implementation of electric mobility by 2030 as major automakers are already working to meet the deadline.