India's Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy (Power Minister, for short), Piyush Goyal, told a youth conference that he is working with Nitin Gadkari, India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways, on a scheme to position the country as the leader in EVs.
Goyal says the plan will not use government funds, though the government could continue to pursue incentives. Instead, drivers would be able to buy an electric car with no down payment, and pay the car off using fuel savings. Goyal proposes that electricity tariffs need not increase, but that a more efficient electricity strategy would be necessary for the program to work. "Innovation is possible," says Goyal, "it just needs an open mind. You need to think of scale and be honest."
Goyal, Nitin and other ministers are looking into the feasibility of such a plan, and have arranged to meet to discuss the scheme in more detail in early April.
Considering India's population of over 1.2 billion people, completely eliminating tailpipe emissions would have an impact on air quality, particularly in more densely populates cities. If India can make a shift toward using more renewable energy in its electric grid, the benefits would be massive. That said, putting more pressure on a coal-heavy grid could make more problems for India and the rest of the world.