India's elusive electric dreams

Dust covering the sky at a bus stand in Amritsar on June 15. Electric vehicles are often held up as a way to tackle India's endemic pollution crisis and its ballooning fuel import costs.
Dust covering the sky at a bus stand in Amritsar on June 15. Electric vehicles are often held up as a way to tackle India's endemic pollution crisis and its ballooning fuel import costs.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Country lacks clear guiding policy to spur growth in demand for electric vehicles

India will emerge as the biggest passenger car market by 2030, with predictions that every second car sold will be here. Given this imminent surge, electric vehicles (EVs) are often held up as a way to tackle India's endemic pollution crisis and its burgeoning fuel import costs.

They remain, however, a rare sight as the country dithers on their adoption, with no clear guiding policy, unlike China, which has offered significant subsidies and incentives to promote them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'India's elusive electric dreams'. Print Edition | Subscribe