Using electric cars is a foolproof way to reduce the harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Air pollution can be reduced by travelling via electric cars, and thus the Indian government is going to introduce electric cars in a bigger way.
“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,” Piyush Goyal said while addressing the CII Annual Session 2017 which took place on Saturday.
Citing the example of Maruti, which has logged over 30 per cent profit this time, he explained that the government had supported India’s largest car maker initially, which eventually led to the development of the big automotive industry in the country.
Goyal also informed that the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the NITI Aayog are working on a policy for promotion of electric vehicles.
The minister pointed to the cost factor, saying people would like to buy an electric vehicle when they find it cost effective.
Goyal said that in the last 3 years, India’s energy consumption has grown by about 6.5 per cent CAGR (compounded annual growth rate), more than the figure for the last 10 years.
He said, “Through UJALA, the LED distribution programme, we have already seen about 500 million LED bulbs sold in the last two years. My job is to improve India’s energy efficiency to reduce consumption wherever it is wasteful and ensure that demand is met fully.”