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Reviewing India's National Mission on Electric Vehicles

In 2010, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposed a 20% subsidy for electric vehicles through a scheme called the Alternate Fuels for Surface Transportation Programme. This resulted in a big leap in sales of electric vehicles, mostly in the e-bikes segment. However, this initial spurt in sales was followed by a slump. This article analyses why electrical vehicles have not taken off in India, and suggests alternatives.

In January 2013, the Government of India introduced an ambitious National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) through the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) to revamp the electric vehicle (EV) segment further. This plan has identified a demand potential of 60–70 lakh EVs on the road by 2020. This target is classified into the two-wheeler (2W), three-wheeler (3W), four-wheeler (4W), buses, and light commercial vehicle (LCV) segments. The targets for each segment are mentioned in Table 1.

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