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Indian People Can Only Drive Electric Cars By 2030 To Fight Air Pollution

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Coal and mines minister of India, decided that every car sold in the pollution affected country will be powered through electricity by the year 2030.

At the Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi, Piyush Goyal said,“We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way. We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient… The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country”.

This plan is quite similar to a 2015 initiative in the country to cut energy bills by promoting LED lightbulbs. India plans to have all cars sold in the country to be electric-powered by 2030 in an effort to combat air pollution, lowering the country’s cost of importing fuel and running vehicles.

“We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way,” Coal and Mines Minister Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi, according to the Independent.

This plan is quite similar to a 2015 initiative in the country to cut energy bills by promoting LED light bulbs. “We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient… The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country,” Goyal told reporters.

The electric car plan would first be rolled out in “larger consumer centers, where pollution is at an all-time high”, including Delhi, Goyal said. He added, “The cost of electric vehicles will start to pay for itself for consumers. We would love to see the electric vehicle industry run on its own.

The country imports $120 billion worth of oil annually. To cut down on the fuel demand and reduce the cost of running the vehicles, the authorities are taking the initiative to switch all cars to electricity.

India is going through troublesome times in terms of air pollution which causes nearly 2.3 million deaths a year according to a report by Greenpeace. The country loses 3 percent of its annual Gross Domestic Product  (GDP) to the toxic smog.

India’s most polluted city Delhi, which also its capital, has particulate matter concentration as much as 13 times the annual limit set by World Health Organization.

“India’s pollution trends have been steadily increasing, with India overtaking China in number of deaths due to outdoor air pollution in 2015,” the report said.

According to the energy minister Mr. Goyal, the initiative of the electric vehicles will begin with “larger consumer centers, where pollution is at an all-time high” which makes Delhi the perfect starting place for the scheme.

Source: NextShark

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