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Govt Takes A U-Turn, Says No Need For Policy On Electric Vehicles

Govt Takes A U-Turn, Says No Need For Policy On Electric Vehicles

He also indicated that despite having no solid EV policy, the government will push for greener mobility. Meanwhile, the Karnataka and Maharashtra state governments are already promoting electric mobility with their separate EV policy.

The government seems to have dropped its plans to frame and implement a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) policy, with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stating on Thursday that there was no "need" for an explicit policy. He had earlier outlined the government's ambitious plan to shift to electric vehicles by 2030.

Defending the government's decision, Kant stated, "Everyday, new technology is coming into the market". Another official there reportedly indicated that action plans are being developed toward this end.

"We have nearly finalised the scrapping policy for vehicles with NITI Aayog", the road and transport minister said. Technology is always ahead of rules and regulations.

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd chairman R.C. Bhargava said companies will now have the flexibility to choose a technology they want. "The government will take a final call on whether a policy is required or not".

Several automobile companies, however, had opposed the idea, and lobbied the government to drop it, reported The Mint.

"Our view had been that existing schemes have to be continued for a while and benefits given to EVs". But the impetus to drive this revolution will come from the adequate availability of charging infrastructure, the statement added. Only 2,000 of these were, however, cars and other four-wheelers.

"Accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles can save $60 billion in diesel and petrol costs, while cutting down as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions by 2030", government think tank NITI Aayog has said in a joint report with the Rock Mountain Institute.


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