NITI Aayog, a think tank funded by the Indian central government, insists that starting in 2030, only electric vehicles should be permitted for registration in India.
Contrary to the recently announced plans to only register electric tricycles or rickshaws in India from April 2023 and electric two-wheelers only from April 2025, this would affect all vehicles. However, the Indian government has not yet made any decision on the plans.
The Ministry of Transport was commissioned to draw up a roadmap to end the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that such a roadmap would, however, only be implemented after consultation with the car industry. And that could be the problem: So far, the car industry has been strictly against such a deadline for the combustion engine.
The Indian government had already announced a few years ago that it would only allow electric vehicles starting from 2030, but the decision backtracked under pressure from the industry. In its new proposals, the think tank NITI Aayog also insists that driving services such as Ola and Uber should be forced to go fully electric by 2030. The government is also called upon to develop a programme for eHighways to supply trucks and buses with overhead power on selected motorways.