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No deadline set for electric vehicles launch, says official

Reuters New Delhi | Updated on August 21, 2019 Published 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.

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Published on August 21, 2019
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