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100% electric vehicles by 100th year of India’s independence

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

SIAM has submitted a White Paper on Electric Vehicles to the Government in line with the Vision of Government of India of 100% electric for public mobility & 40% electric for personal mobility by 2030 and taking it further for a complete shift to electric vehicle regime by the 100thyear of India’s independence towards achieving the objective of the India Energy Security Scenario 2047 with the following Vision:

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) aims to achieve new vehicle sales in the country to be hundred percent electric vehicles (battery electric and fuel cell vehicles) on the hundredth anniversary of India’s independence (2047), with a following roadmap:

  • All new vehicle sales for intra-city public transport fleets to be electric vehicles by 2030;
  • Forty percent of all new vehicle sales in the country to be electric vehicles by 2030;
  • Sixty percent of all new vehicle sales in the country to employ greener technologies like hybrids & other alternate fuels by 2030;
  • To ensure smooth phasing in of pure electric vehicles and to sustain the transition to cleaner fossil fuel vehicles, the IC engine upgradation must continue over the next decade or so. Progressively cleaner fossil fuel vehicles would be an essential stepping stone in this journey towards hundred percent electric vehicle regime;
  • Finally, all new vehicle sales to be electric vehicle by 2047.

In the process, the Indian automobile industry also aims to become a leading global hub for design, manufacture and export of electric vehicles supporting the Government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

Dr Abhay Firodia, President, SIAM in a statement said that to make sure that this vision is realized, the industry, government and various stakeholders will need to collaborate and invest with 100% commitment.

He emphasised that the proposed policy measures in the White Paper would be needed for creating a robust market and manufacturing eco-system for electric vehicles in the country and such a policy must be sustained over time to remain stable to enable industry commit to investments with full confidence.

The policy should be necessarily adaptive in view of the nature of the technology which is fast evolving while at the same time must not bring sudden changes so as to allow outcomes in a planned manner and to ensure that the necessary transformation takes place with the minimum of disruption which may have socio-economic impact in terms of industrial growth, employment and livelihood of people in the auto industry.