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Government Approves E-Vehicle Policy, Aims to Propel India as Premier Manufacturing Hub for EVs

New Delhi: In a significant move, the Union Government has given its seal of approval to an ambitious E-Vehicle policy to position India as a premier destination for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs). This policy is not just about harnessing the potential of EV technology but also about leveraging it to bolster the country’s manufacturing sector. By incentivizing investments from renowned global EV manufacturers, the government aims to create a conducive environment for the production of EVs embedded with the latest technological advancements. This strategic initiative is poised to revolutionize India’s automotive landscape by facilitating the domestic manufacturing of high-quality EVs, consequently providing Indian consumers with access to cutting-edge technology.

Central to this policy is the emphasis on promoting indigenous manufacturing capabilities and fostering a competitive environment among EV players. By encouraging investments in the EV sector, the government seeks to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative, a flagship campaign aimed at transforming India into a global manufacturing powerhouse. Through this policy, the government aims to catalyze the development of a robust EV ecosystem, driving up production volumes and leading to economies of scale. Moreover, by reducing dependence on imported crude oil and curbing trade deficits, the policy is poised to have a far-reaching impact on India’s economic landscape.

Key provisions of the E-Vehicle policy include minimum investment thresholds, timelines for establishing manufacturing facilities, and targets for domestic value addition (DVA) within specified periods. Additionally, the policy introduces a customs duty incentive scheme for imported EVs, contingent upon manufacturers fulfilling their local manufacturing commitments. Furthermore, stringent measures such as bank guarantees have been put in place to ensure compliance with DVA and investment criteria, underscoring the government’s commitment to fostering a robust and sustainable EV manufacturing ecosystem in India.

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