India Poised to Ease EV Target

India, which indicated last May it would ban the sale of all non-electric vehicles by 2030, is now readying a more realistic target of 30% EV sales by then.

The original goal, considered extremely ambitious by observers, prompted the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers to suggest targeting 40% EV sales by 2030 and 100% by 2047.

Earlier this week Power Minister R.K. Singh told reporters, “We must ensure that by 2030, 30% of our vehicles run on electricity.”

Singh says his ministry is less than three weeks away from unveiling a policy and regulations covering the creation and operation of a nationwide EV charging infrastructure. He also predicts that electric mobility in India will cost about one-tenth as much per kilometer as today’s diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles.

Critics say the government’s changing position on EVs makes it difficult for would-be manufacturers to assess the country’s potential market for electrics. They note that Singh’s call for a national policy comes only weeks after Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister for Road Transport and Highways, declared there was no need for a national EV policy.​​​​​​