No deadline set for electric vehicles launch, says official

Reuters New Delhi | Updated on August 21, 2019

Slowdown takes a toll on electric vehicles push

The Centre has not set a deadline to launch electric vehicles or to ban the manufacturing of petrol and diesel cars, a government official said on Wednesday.

The auto industry has been caught in the middle of slowing economic growth that has led to a slump in demand for vehicles, forced plant shutdowns and large layoffs.

The government has been working to push electric vehicles to cut fuel import bill and curb pollution.

In June, a government think-tank that plays a key role in policymaking had recommended that only electric models of scooters and motorbikes with engine capacity of more than 150cc must be sold from 2025.

Published on August 21, 2019

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