New Delhi: The country’s largest indigenous electric vehicle manufacturer Lohia Auto Industries hails the government’s decision to switch to electric mobility to curb the alarming rate of pollution in the country.
Lohia Auto has been working in the direction to make the industry organized and demanded clear cut long-term policies to let the much-needed industry flourish on the required pace.
With the recent announcement by the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari that the government wants the traditional fuel mobility to be converted into electrical at earliest and suggested that automobile manufacturers to go for alternative fuel.
He also added that the government is working aggressively to take care of charging stations.
Another factor, the government’s desire to move away from the petrol and diesel vehicles as India is eager to reduce its heavy dependence on oil imports – something which weighs heavily on the country’s current account deficits.
Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto Industries, said: “We feel highly motivated by the support given by the government to promoting the electric vehicle industry in the coming years. In consideration of raising pollution and fuel conservation, the change was long awaited. With the government’s support and our hardwork, we are assured that the problems related to green public transport will be addressed effectively.”
Some significant strides have been taken towards this aspiration in the past through the launch of NEMMP (National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2013) and FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, 2015).
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Under NEMMP, around 6-7 million EVs/hybrid vehicles have been envisioned to be deployed on the Indian roads by 2020, while the FAME India scheme is aimed at incentivising all vehicle segments i.e. two-wheeler, three-wheeler auto, passenger four- wheeler vehicle, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.
The country’s automobile industry is headed towards large scale reformation and indigenous manufacturers like Lohia Auto Industries are going to be the key players in the industry growth.
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