The topic of effectively ending petrol and diesel vehicle sales in favor of all-electric offerings by 2030 is apparently still bouncing around in India, and it has now been about year since we heard the notion for the first time.
Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles
For India, the promotion of plug-in cars is important from a "cost of fuel imported" point of view.
Power minister Piyush Goyal said while addressing the CII Annual Session 2017:
"We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way. We are going to make electric vehicles self- sufficient like UJALA. The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country,".
UJALA is a LED distribution programme, which helped to achieve some 500 million LED bulbs sold in the last two years.
Whether plug-ins will sell as well as LEDs have in the past is an open question, but Ministry of Heavy Industries and the NITI Aayog apparently are developing a new policy.
“The cost of electric vehicles will start to pay for itself for consumers. We would love to see the electric vehicle industry run on its own.”