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French auto manufacturer Renault said that the company will be ready to launch electric vehicles in India by 2022 provided the government aggressively develops the ecosystem and infrastructure before forcing launches in the country.
The company thinks that India has not equipped itself with the infrastructure needs to support the electric Eco-space. They say there is no point launching electric vehicles just have them be parked in garages.
Renault's argument is simple. One cannot travel from Mumbai to Delhi in an electric vehicle at the moment. India will truly be ready for electrics once the country has the infrastructure to support long distance travel.
There is a lot of debate within the government offices about the future of electric mobility in the country. The NITI Aayog has been pushing for it, and the government has announced many incentive schemes and savings plans if one chooses an electric vehicle. Renault however, are convinced that infrastructure will play the important role.
There are manufacturers who currently offer electric vehicle in the country. These include Tata Motors that retails the Tigor EV, there's Mahindra with the Verito electric sedan. Hyundai recently launched its fully-electric Kona SUV, and MG Motors is also preparing to launch the all-electric SUV EZS this year.
German luxury car manufacturer Audi unveiled its e-tron EV SUV with plans to launch during the last quarter of 2019, while BMW is also studying the feasibility of launching its i3 electric car in India.
In related news, Renault just launched the Triber earlier this morning. The Triber is powered by a 1.0-litre engine that produces 70bhp of power and 96Nm of torque. The engine arrives mated to a five-speed manual and an automatic transmission. Available in four trims, the Triber is priced between Rs 4.95 lakh and Rs 6.49 lakh. To know about the launch, and the Triber, click here.
Thoughts About Renault Wanting To Launch EVs After 2020
Smart move by Renault. Why get into something that will be profitable only after a few years? And they're right. India does not have the infrastructure or the mentality to take a massive jump to the electric era. The government has to do more in terms of the Eco-space, and way more in terms of changing the general mentality of the population. Then, and only then, will the Electric Ages begin.