Centre working on automobile policy; focus on eco-friendly electric vehicles
The Centre has appointed a consultant for formulating an automobile policy with a focus on clean technology; it may pave the way for adoption of eco-friendly vehicles.
Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Minister, Anant Geete, said Department of Heavy Industry took the initiative towards developing the policy that would take into account all eco-friendly mobility options like electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.
Government hires consultant for formulating automobile policy
Auto policy formulation still in early stage
Anant Geete said the formulation of the automobile policy is still in a very early stage and discussion with the auto industry is yet to begin. He added, "It (formulation) is at a primary stage right now,"
The Union Minister also confirmed that a consultant for studying the matter has also been roped in by the Department of Heavy Industry.
Consultant to explore how the policy could be formulated
Anant Geete said once the department receives a report from the consultant, discussions regarding the policy would be held with all the stakeholders, including the automotive industry.
Though he didn't share any details about who they have hired as the consultant, Geete said, "We have told the consultant to explore how the auto policy can be formulated and suggest ways towards the same."
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No decision on policy yet: Geete
Anant Geete said: "The consultant has been tasked with evaluating all options, including clean technologies like electric (vehicles) and hydrogen (fuel cells). There is no decision yet on the auto policy. The consultant has not even discussed it with the auto industry now."
Mass adoption of eco-friendly vehicles in India
The development for the auto industry comes at a critical time as it is going to adopt stricter BS-VI emissions standards from April 2020. It is also preparing for a shift towards electric vehicles by 2030.
India currently lacks the required infrastructure for adopting electric vehicles on a mass level. But the government is likely to focus on encouraging people to use clean technology.
Government, SIAM unveil Automotive Mission Plan 2016-26
In Sep'15, Centre and the apex Indian auto industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) finalized the Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2026.
Apart from focusing on the industry's output and "Make in India and "Skill India" initiatives by 2026, the AMP aims to "Promote safe, efficient and comfortable mobility...with an eye on environmental protection and affordability through both public and personal transport options."