In an ambitious plan, India’s energy minister has unveiled plans that would see every single car sold in the country powered by electricity by the year 2030.
Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way.”
Goyal proposed that drivers could purchase the cars with no upfront payment, rather paying out the cost of the vehicle in installments, using the savings they would realize from not paying for petrol or diesel.
The electric car scheme is ostensibly intended to lower the costs of running vehicles and cut India’s dependence on foreign fuel imports. But with India now the world’s most polluted country, having surpassed China in 2015, many experts are seeing the move as a means to combat the Asian Giant’s increasingly deadly smog problem.
Goyal himself made reference to this, stating that the move will first target “larger consumer centers, where pollution is at an all-time high.”