With Centre committed to bringing the electric vehicle (EV) revolution to India in the next few years, the industry expectations from the Union Budget 2019-20 run high.
The other proposal for the Budget is higher subsidy for people buying electric vehicles and incentives to corporates for bulk-buying of green vehicles. Gill said the government does not need to provide financial assistance. By simply re-introducing the principle of “polluter pays”, it can levy a small green cess and raise funds. Seeking tax incentives, the e-vehicle sector has argued that these would boost the government’s flagship manufacturing scheme Make in India and drastically cut down vehicular pollution in the country.
The Centre wants to hasten the adoption of green vehicles. Its think tank Niti Aayog has put forward a plan to shift to e-mobility for two-wheelers (below 150 cc) and three wheelers by 2025. “EVs shall serve the dual purpose of improving the health of the Indian economy by improving the manufacturing sector, generating employment as well as the environmental health of our country,” said Rakesh Nangia, Managing Partner, Nangia Advisors (Andersen Global).