demand and investments in the electric vehicles (EVs) industry being severely
hit due to disruptions caused by Covid 19 pandemic, the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the apex business chamber in India,
has suggested government, a series of
measures to ensure continuity of the EV growth roadmap and to achieve targets envisioned
by the government for the industry in the next decade.
suggestions have been submitted to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI)
Aayog, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
and other relevant authorities in the Government.
to FICCI, the factors responsible for adverse impact on the introduction of the
green technology in the country's EV sector are such as reduction in demand for
automobiles, higher risk aversion among customers towards new technology,
disruption in supply chain, and uncertainty in oil prices due to Covid 19.
apex business chamber also observed that there may be a fall in shared mobility
demand, resulting to reduced demand for E3W and postponement of investments in
EV technology by local component makers.
these short term setbacks, FICCI strongly feels that India must continue to
encourage EVs along with all other electrified vehicle technologies (xEVs),
such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), strong hybrid electric vehicles
(SHEVs) & fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and electrification of the
transport sector due to the long-term vision of our nation towards electric
mobility to lessen air pollution, achieve fuel security and technology
leadership in this sector.
EV Committee has submitted its recommendations to the government to seek
immediate support from policy makers to enhance attractiveness for EVs in short
term and to encourage continued investments in the sector. FICCI has requested
the government to take certain steps urgently to prevent a derailment of the
sector and to help create demand; so that India can attain leadership in EV
technology and sales.
Viswanathan, Chairman, FICCI Electric Vehicle Committee and Vice Chairman &
Whole Time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors said, "Worldwide the
automobile sector is undergoing transformation with various technologies and it
is essential that India is also a part of this change and take a leadership
role. Therefore, for innovative and vibrant industry and to attract investments
for newer technologies, it is necessary that the government policies are
technology agnostic. The key national objective to be met is the reduction of
carbon emission. Just as the government has wisely introduced BS VI fuel ahead
of time, India must encourage all those technologies that will progressively
reduce carbon footprint."
ensure sustainability of EV off-take in the country as well as possible
measures to attract investment for EV parts manufacturing specially in the wake
of global development, Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Co-Chair of FICCI EV Committee
and Founder and CEO of Kinetic Green said, "We should pitch to encourage
existing auto component makers to invest in EV components and also to attract
investment in India for EV and EV components, especially battery, powertrain
components like electric motors, controllers, chargers, converters etc. For
this to happen, it is critical that steps are taken urgently for demand
creation for EVs in India is created, otherwise we will suffer a chicken and
Roy Chowdhury, Co-Chair, FICCI EV Committee and Co-Founder, Chairman & MD
of Smart E said, "We should outline a clear nationwide policy to phase out
old - pre BS IV ICE vehicles being used in public transport. Under this policy
a set of pilot cities (with most pollution and urban congestion) can be selected
with a time-bound policy roadmap to mandatorily phase out polluting public
transport vehicles. The roadmap should be designed to incentivise vehicle
conversion/migration to environmentally sustainable electrified vehicle
technologies starting with the lowest capital impact category, such as
2/3-wheelers, followed by public transport buses and then 4W taxis."
of road-based public transport in the country continues to use large-scale ICE
vehicles, including significantly high number of polluting ones. Due to
vehicles not being phased out in a timely manner, our cities continue to bear
the brunt of polluting vehicles while causing delays in adoption of newer,
efficient mobility systems, thereby limiting the overall growth potential of
emerging new technologies.
recommendations submitted to the government