India Could See A Large-Scale Shift Towards Electric Three-Wheelers, Says M&M
Auto rickshaws, foreground, travel past an e-rickshaw departing a stand in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

India Could See A Large-Scale Shift Towards Electric Three-Wheelers, Says M&M

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said India could see a large-scale shift towards electric three-wheelers because of the government’s push to promote the battery-powered transport.

There’s a gradual but dramatic shift of market volumes towards electric three-wheelers from their counterparts with internal combustion engines, Group Chief Financial Officer VS Parthasarathy told BloombergQuint during an interview. “We have an opportunity in India to do in three-wheelers what China has done in two-wheelers.”

India targets to turn at least 30 percent of vehicles electric by 2030 as it aims to cut reliance on fossil fuel and curb pollution. Budget 2019 allowed a deduction of interest of up to Rs 1.5 lakh on a loan taken to buy an electric vehicle between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2023. The GST Council lowered rates on all electric vehicles from 12 percent to 5 percent and the rate on charging stations was reduced from 18 percent to 5 percent.

“The government’s recent move to cut goods and services tax rates on electric vehicles will aid sales and give the required push for adoption of the technology,” Parthasarathy said.

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