The Indian government is aiming for all cars on the subcontinent to be powered by electricity by 2030.
That’s according to coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal who made the statement at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi on Tuesday.
“We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way," coal and mines minister. We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient. The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.”
The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower costs for running vehicles, as well as tackle pollution.
Mr Goyal said the electric car industry would need between two and three years of government assistance, but added that he expected the production of the vehicles to be “driven by demand and not subsidy” after that.
The minister added that the electric car scheme would first target "larger consumer centres, where pollution is at an all-time high", such as Delhi, the country’s most polluted city.
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