Tesla Co-Founder Says More Efforts Need To Be Made To Bring In EV Culture In India
Over the past couple of years, Indian government has been rolling out several incentives to push the citizens of the country towards the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The incentives come in the form of subsidies to the buyers and the EV producers alike, in addition to several other perks over IC engine vehicles, like no road tax, which is expected to be put in place with the second phase of the FAME scheme.
However, the co-founder of American EV maker Tesla believes that there is still much work needed to bring an EV culture to India. As per recent reports, Martin Eberhard, founder and original chairman & CEO, Tesla, said that the Indian government needs to do more efforts in order to accelerate the switch to EVs in the country.
“We should try to move away from gasoline cars as fast as possible. But the Indian government needs to do more (to facilitate transition towards electric cars),” he said.
Now successfully running his next venture by the name of Tiveni that builds electric power trains, Eberhard believes that India does not have an adequate infrastructure in place to embrace EVs on a large scale.
He clarified that there although EVs have achieved a lot globally, there cannot be a single solution vehicle for all the global markets and pitched in his thoughts upon the kind of vehicle that would best suit India, smaller, three seater vehicles.
He is optimistic though, that the future of vehicles is only electric, as has been portrayed by his brainchild Tesla time and again.
Giving an example of Delhi, Eberhard said that though EVs can solve the pollution woes of the city, there still will be impending issues like the traffic congestion.