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GOI Approves Electric Vehicle Policy to Boost Local Manufacturing

The Indian government made a landmark announcement on March 15, approving a comprehensive scheme aimed at positioning India as a global hub for electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing. This policy, designed by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, seeks to entice significant investments from renowned global EV manufacturers into the Indian market. The essence of the policy is to foster innovation, attract investments, and make advanced technology accessible within the country.

Key Policy Highlights

  • Minimum Investment: Companies are required to invest at least Rs 4,150 crore, with the policy not capping the maximum possible investment. This move is to ensure substantial financial influx into the EV sector.
  • Manufacturing Timeline: The policy allows a three-year window for companies to establish their manufacturing facilities in India, commencing commercial production of EVs.
  • Local Sourcing: A notable feature of this initiative is the mandate for companies to achieve a 25% localisation level by the end of the third year and 50% by the fifth year, promoting domestic industries and components.
  • Import Benefits: To kickstart the transition, the government has permitted companies to import up to 8,000 EVs annually at a reduced customs duty of 15% on cars valued over $35,000. This is a significant reduction from the current tariffs of 70% to 100%.
  • Incentive Caps and Conditions: The duty waiver on imported EVs is directly linked to the company’s investment or an equivalent incentive under the PLI scheme (capped at Rs 6,484 crore), whichever is lower. Furthermore, the policy outlines a limit of 40,000 EVs over five years, provided the investment hits the $800 million mark.

Ensuring Compliance and Promoting Domestic Growth

To ensure that companies adhere to their commitments, a bank guarantee equivalent to the customs duty savings is required. This guarantee stands as a compliance measure, safeguarding the policy’s objectives and ensuring that the benefits are accurately aligned with investments and local sourcing milestones.

A Leap Towards Sustainable Mobility

This policy is a strategic step towards enhancing the EV ecosystem in India, promoting the Make in India initiative, and ensuring access to cutting-edge technology. It aligns with the global shift towards sustainable transportation solutions, positioning India as a significant player in the EV manufacturing sector. Through this policy, the government aims not only to attract foreign investments but also to stimulate domestic production capabilities, fostering an environment conducive to the growth of the electric vehicle industry in India.

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