Tue, 03 Aug 2021

Singapore, June 22 (ANI): The recently announced electric vehicle (EV) incentives by India along with high fuel prices will be supporting factors for stronger adoption of EVs over 2020-2023, leading to an average annual growth rate of 26 per cent, Fitch Solutions said on Tuesday.

However, it said the economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic and limited domestically produced EVs will prove a challenging barrier to overcome.

"We believe the focus on EV promotion in Union Budget will improve longer-term outlook for EV sales but will continue to fall way short of the country's goal of electrifying all new vehicles sold by 2032," said Fitch.

The key autos related elements include an additional excise duty of Re 1 per litre of diesel and petrol, lowering of Goods and Service Tax on EVs to 5 per cent from 12 per cent previously and other income tax incentives given to individuals who purchase EVs.

In the overall Asia region, EV market will continue to grow at a fast pace as more countries look to support EV uptake, reduce emissions and attract EV related manufacturing investment.

Fitch forecast that EV sales in Asia will expand by 78.1 per cent in 2021, up from estimated growth of just 4.8 per cent in 2020.

It said total EV sales in the region will reach a high of just under 10.9 million units by the end of 2030, up from an estimated sales volume of just over 1.4 million units in 2020.

Over 2021-2029, the majority of EV demand will stem from the three most advanced economies in the region -- China, Japan and South Korea -- given their financial strength and commitment to reducing their emissions. (ANI)

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