Reviewing India’s National Mission on Electric Vehicles

suzuki-swift-plug-in-hybrid-tokyo-e1322908810813In 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 by Ganeshprasad Pavaskar analyses why electrical vehicles have not taken off in India, and suggests alternatives.