India Exempts Electric Vehicles From Permit Process

SEP 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 4

India tries unconventional methods to promote EVs


India is not a big market for all-electric or plug-in hybrid cars, but would like to be part of the electric revolution. The willingness to put electric cars on the roads in volume, lower emissions and fulfills the ambitions of establishing production facilities seems to be strong and perhaps even a bit desperate.

The latest decision by the government is to exempt alternatively-powered vehicles (EVs, ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, methanol and biofuel) from all permit requirements. There is no timeline for the execution.

This could, of course, make it easier to introduce more EV models, especially from smaller manufacturers, but at a cost of potential chaos and safety issues in the future.

The other announced, possible move, is mandating cab aggregators (Uber, Ola) to have a certain percentage of the fleet with an electrified powertrain.


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It wouldn’t make any difference, believe me. It’s chaos already in India.

What do you suggest?

This is where China stood 7 years ago and now they have become #1 with 50% market share in electric vehicles. In a few years, India moved from outside top-10 to become #5 in solar power and the country can repeat the same in electric vehicles as well.

India is moving in the right direction. Already more than 1,000 electric taxis are in service with an order for few 1000 electric buses. With a network of 3 million Natgas vehicles, 2 million LPG vehicles, it should be easier for the country to get into electric vehicles as well.