Focus on Promoting LPG Cars, Defer Plans for Electric Vehicles: Auto Body on COVID-19 Impact

With COVID-19 pandemic further accentuating the automotive industry’s woes, the government must consider deferring its singularly focussed electric vehicle pursuit and allow automakers to nurse themselves back to health, said an association for the promotion of Auto LPG in India.

The government must instead focus on promoting readily available clean alternative fuels such as Auto LPG to immediately address environmental concerns, Indian Auto LPG Coalition said in a statement here.

Indian Auto LPG Coalition, which has been highlighting the environmental benefits of transport fuel Auto LPG, stated that pushing the automobile sector singularly on shifting to the Electric Vehicle space particularly in the current situation will spell further doom for the sector.

“The government had set very ambitious targets for a substantial shift to Electric Vehicles by 2030. However, the automobile sector that was already struggling to clear its BS-IV inventories is bound to face even more challenging times in the post COVID world.

“In this situation, continuing to push this major technology shift on the sector will not allow it any breathing space. It is vital that the government must, therefore, relax its EV push and promote more easily deployable alternative fuels like Auto LPG to address environmental concerns,” said Suyash Gupta, Director General, Indian Auto LPG Coalition.

As all economic activity and transportation came to a halt, significant improvement in air quality has been witnessed in almost all Indian cities over the past few weeks.

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