Anand Mahindra invites Elon Musk to join India’s ambitious all electric by 2030 target

As ambitious as it may sound, the government has said that India will only have electric cars run its roads by 2030.

By: | Published: June 2, 2017 1:22 PM

The government has announced its new plans concerning air pollution. As ambitious as it may sound, the government has said that India will only have electric cars run its roads by 2030. The objective is to rid the country of alarming levels of air pollution causing about 1.2 million deaths each year.

Someone from across the globe particularly has high interest in electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was quick to respond to the Indian government's all electric plan, saying: “India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030. It is already the largest market for solar power.”

The one brand in the India that has been making efforts in channelising the concept of electric cars in the country is Mahindra & Mahindra. Executive chairman of the group Anand Mahindra replied to Musk's tweet, inviting him to join in on meeting the target India has promised itself.

The government announcement comes as a delight to environmentalists, however who stands to lose the most in this is the oil industry. India is the world's third largest oil importer, spending a about $150 billion on the resource every year. A move to all electric would squeeze the demand for oil. However, on the bright side, the nation could save $60 billion in energy costs if the 2030 target is met. It would also reduce running costs for million in India.

Energy Minister Piyush Goyal has asserted that the government will support this initiative in the initial years, post which production of electric cars would depend on demand and not subsidies.

Air pollution has lately become a problem as big as population in India. Over a million people die in the country due to toxins in the air. According to a WHO report, out of the 20 cities suffering from toxic air pollution in the world, 13 are in India.

Automotive giants like Mahindra or if Tesla does eventually arrive in India could handle the production of electric cars, however without government support the plan will always sound far fetched, as the idea will only be feasible in a city if the infrastructure supports the electric car. While the government can back building of charging stations, the auto brands are working on developing electric powertrains that go on for longer.

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    Purushottam Mulay
    Jun 3, 2017 at 10:10 am
    Electric cars is essential for India. All efforts must be done in that direction. I congratulate Mr. Anand Mahindra on his initiative for electric cars and wish If I can contribute my bit in it. Purushottam Mulay.
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      Ramakrishnan Lakshmanan
      Jun 3, 2017 at 7:43 am
      Looking egarly for the electric technology to take over the Automobile Industry. The nation is ready to do away with the desal/petrol polluting vehicles.
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        Jun 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm
        Sir,it is a very good initiative from Mahindra and Mahindra.We have to save our environment in the early stages.
        1. Prem Swarup
          Jun 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm
          Well I am all for it, it's a boon to entire ecosystem, natural, greener planet plus stops funding to terrorists It is going to revolutionize is such a big way, no engine's, less requirement of servicing, no oil changes, fewer working parts, very low and low cost maintenance. Only residue is the battery waste management, for which we need to work on.
          1. Manoj Unnikrishnan
            Jun 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm
            India can achieve this target and more provided we can do some R&D to develop a battery technology which can run a car for 500 km at one charging. India needs to mobilize teams in IITs and IISCs to develop this technology. But beware of the likes of Ambani, Hinduja etc and the leftists/ congress on behalf of china and stan who will try to sabotage this effort.
            1. Kishan Sitapara
              Jun 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm
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