An electric future for the Indian automobile industry is on its way!

The electric vehicle sectors growth in the Indian market is led by the growing need to curb the air pollution levels and the rising incentive schemes by the government to support manufacturing as well as use of electric two wheelers and three wheelers. Moreover, consistently increasing affordability of electric two wheelers and three wheeler vehicles is also boosting their adoption across the country. Increasing investments by electric vehicle manufacturers to develop more advanced, efficient and affordable electric two wheeler and three wheeler vehicle is likely to fuel growth in the coming years.

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Initiatives by the government

Initiatives taken by the government recently has infused a positive environment for the EV players. The centre has come up with several policies and schemes to boost the demand and manufacturing of EVs. It is surely a good move by the government to bring down the GST slab on electronic vehicles to five per cent. With this move, the demand for these vehicles will go up significantly creating an optimistic environment which will help make EVs economically viable. With the slash in tax rates for GST, customers will gain comprehensive benefits as the prominent players are passing on this benefit to the end user.

Moreover, there has also been a tax rate rationalisation on electric vehicle chargers. It has been reduced from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. The taxation and import duties on EV parts have also been relaxed. This decision by the policymakers will boost Make in India and give a push to the electric vehicle industry.

The segment was hoping for this change for quite some time now. It is certainly a good move by the government and the time is just apt for electric vehicle players to lower the prices of these vehicles. This will give the sector an impetus as it will make electric vehicles more affordable and help boost sales.

Going by the statistics, currently the market share of electric cars is only 0.06 per cent when compared to two per cent in China and 39 per cent in Norway. There is a long way to go considering the optimistic environment for this sector. Electric vehicles will soon be seen ruling the Indian roads.

Now coming to the challenge is that customers still don’t foresee the benefits of buying these electric vehicles, due to lack of proper infrastructure.  Capital required to create charging infrastructure requirement to meet the demands of mass market EV adoption is another challenge. Hence, lack of infrastructure poses big challenge as this leads to poor consumer interest.

 The current scenario and the future of EVs in fact looks quite promising for electric cars, electric bikes and e-rickshaws plying on Indian roads with government’s aims to make India a 100 per cent electric vehicle nation by 2030. These machines will not only help users save money, but also promote a safe and clean environment which is the biggest health concern today.

Therefore future is electrifying as it will reduce fossil fuel dependence and pollution, and prove beneficial for both consumers and the nation in the long run.

Ayush Lohia, CEO of Lohia Auto Industries

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