e-vehicles by 2030 | ‘Only 30% vehicles will be electric-fuelled by 2030’

Refuting claims that the Indian automobile sector will witness a 100% switch over from fossil-fuel driven vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030, senior automobile industry executive, Shekar Viswanathan, said that it is impossible to have an all-electric fleet in India by 2030, reported a leading news daily.   
Shekhar Vishwanathan is the vice chairman and the whole-time director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), a joint venture between the Japanese auto major and Kirloskar Group.
Vishwanathan said, “Moving to electric vehicles is a good move. After all you must diversify the transport sector, but to say that it should be 100% electric, I think, is stretching the limits of credibility. I think it’s impractical; it is not possible… I think it will be more like 30% by 2030 and may be higher percentage by 2040,” cited the report.
The government must be ‘technology-agnostic’ to promote the e-vehicle spree in India, he added. Acknowledging the government’s move to levy a lower rate of 12% GST on the electric vehicles against the 43% GST on hybrid vehicles, he said that the government has given a huge incentive to electric vehicles and a huge disincentive to the diesel and petrol vehicles already. 


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