After Brexit, United Kingdom (UK) has yet again made a bold statement. UK has officially announced that they will ban the sale of petrol, diesel, and hybrid vehicles (cars and vans) 2040 onwards. This statement came less than a month after its neighbour- France announced the ban of petrol and diesel vehicles 2040 onwards. Do you Know?- Each new Volvo will be Electric-Hybrid 2019 onwards
The reasoning given behind this decision is to control the rising level of nitrogen oxide in the air. In the recent study it was revealed that nitrogen oxide along with other harmful gasses led to a loss of 2.7 billion GBP over the course of one year. Previously, ministers have recommended to tax vehicles to enter certain “clear air zones”. However, fearing the protest from the motorist, UK government is keeping this suggestion as a last resort.
Norway is one European country that has very quickly adopted electric vehicles. Several direct and indirect incentives have fueled the growth of electric car market in Norway. This Scandinavian country is aiming to get rid of petrol and diesel cars by 2025. Both France and UK are now looking up to Norway to promote electric vehicles. How various European countries compare when it comes to electric vehicle adoption- Click to Read
How is the scenario in India?
Now, India is also taking measures to promote electric vehicles. And the government’s goal is that by 2032 only electric cars are sold in India. That said, we are yet to hear Indian government giving an official statement saying that petrol and diesel cars will be banned on the given date.
In our opinion, were need a solid blueprint to get anywhere near to this goal considering the size of our country. Our government is yet to share their plan on how they are going to do it. NTPC did open the charging stations in Delhi and Noida. But we need to do much more than that.
It’s an accepted norm that people won’t adopt electric cars if they don’t come with lucrative incentives. Yet, after GST implementation, the taxes on the Hybrid cars have skyrocketed to 43 percent. Whereas, the highest tax slab for a normal car is 28 percent.
We discussed earlier- How can electric cars succeed in India?