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The Government seems bent ahead of automobile companies!

Tuesday - June 18, 2019 4:18 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL
The Government on 'back foot' in case of the electric vehicles
The Government on 'back foot' in case of the electric vehicles

The electric vehicles' selling policy to be applicable after 2030!

JUNE 18 (WTN) - The poisonous smoke emanating from the vehicles is largely responsible for the rapid spread of air pollution in India. As well as the country has to spend a huge foreign exchange in importing petrol and diesel. To overcome these two problems, the Government is going to take a concrete step. For your information, let you know that the Government is trying to drive more and more electric vehicles in the country as soon as possible. But it seems that the country's automobile industry lobby has brought the Government on the back foot, due to which the electric vehicle policy does not seem to be implemented soon.

For your information, let you know that the Government had planned first that all three-wheelers and two-wheelers with capacity of less than 150 cc be converted into electric by 2023 and 2025 respectively. But it is being said that because of the pressure of the automobile industry lobby, the NITI Aayog has new opinion that now only after the year 2030 electric 2 and 3 wheelers will be run in the country.

According to the proposal had discussed earlier in the NITI Aayog meeting, two wheeled electric vehicles of up to 150 cc engine would be launched in the market from the year 2025. This proposal of the NITI Aayog was sent to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. But the result of the lobbying of the automobile industry is that the Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is now talking about the roadmap to be developed to implement the Electric Vehicle Policy with the advice of the auto industry.

Now the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to prepare a plan to stop the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles after 2030. For your information, let you know that the Ministry wants to work on 50 GW batteries by 2030. Now the Government has planned that after 2030, more and more electric two and three wheelers should be run.

Actually, the Government's initiative was being strongly resisted by the automobile industry with intensely, after which the Government has come back on back foot. The automobile industry lobby was trying hardly to stop the rushing implementation of 100 per cent electric vehicle scheme in the country. The lobby charged the NITI Aayog that the Aayog was hasty in adopting electric vehicles policy without discussing it with everyone.

In fact, the automobile industry lobby in India is strongly opposing the Government's proposed plan to adopt electric vehicles within the fixed time frame in different vehicle classes. For your information, let you know that India is the world's largest market of two-wheelers and three-wheelers. During the last financial year, 02,11,81,390 two-wheelers and 07,01,011 tricycles were sold in India. Due to the sale of two-wheelers and trifle petrol and diesel vehicles in such a large extent, the automobile industry has come against the Government.

However, most of the automobile companies are theoretically agreeable on the Government's initiative of using clean technology, and are willing to invest in achieving this goal. But the companies want to implement it in a phased manner so that the auto industry does not face any kind of harassment from this change.

At the same time, the automobile industry fears that by adopting Electric Vehicle Policy in the two-wheeler and three-wheeler category, the auto parts industries can be in trouble. For your information, let you know that the small and mid-sized companies in India have dominated in auto parts industry. In India, the auto parts industry is of worth $ 55 billion, in which nearly 3 million people are employed.

The oppose of the automobile industries for the introduction of the electric vehicles at the earliest is that they say that there is less selling of petrol and diesel cars in the country, due to which the automobile industry is facing loss. On the other hand, the automobile industry is facing the deadline to adopt the BS-VI emission standard from BS-IV. If the policy of Electric Vehicle was adopted in hurry, then questions would be raised on the investment of Rs 50 thousand crore for BS-VI system.

The vehicle lobby says that before the Government takes any decision; it should be consulted to all the parties in a good manner. Because if the Government took a unilateral decision about electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers, then the industry of auto parts of petrol-diesel vehicles will be shut down so that millions of people will become unemployed.

That is, it is clear that due to the lobbying of the automobile industry, the Electric Vehicle Policy has gone in cold storage. It is true that due to mounting pollution, the demand of time is to promote electric vehicles. But automobile companies are demanding that it should be implemented voluntarily in a gradual and step-by-step manner, which will not harm the automobile companies as well as companies that make auto parts.