The Indian government is planning to ban vehicles powered by petrol or diesel by 2030.
The energy minister intends to lower the cost of importing fuel, as well as alleviate the fatality caused by air pollution. Now, there are 2.3 million deaths due to air pollution estimated to occur every year in India.
Independent: India to make every single car electric by 2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions
The introduction of electric cars is a trend in recent years. In some regions in Swiss, petrol cars are completely prohibited. Olso plans to make some areas even car-free.
My past entry: Oslo will partially be free from cars
However, these attempts are heard only in developed countries. Petrol vehicle is now a traditional way of transportation. It has rooted in our daily life. And they have become far less expensive than the past. Many people are willing to buy a car. Even in developed countries, an electric car is still a costly and inconvenient option.
Therefore, India's challenge seems unrealistic. Some comments on the article above suggest issues which need to be prioritized than electric cars.
On the other hand, if India accomplishes the withdrawal from petrol vehicles, it can have a strong impact. Many nations will follow it. And the behaviors of consumers will be altered. Car companies will have to change their strategy dramatically.