The government recently declared an ambitious plan to decrease air pollution. It had said that India will only have electric cars running on its roads by 2030. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is a great enthusiast of electric cars, took no time to respond to the Indian government’s plan. “India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030. It is already the largest market for solar power,” Musk said.
Mahindra & Mahindra has been making efforts in channelizing the concept declared by government. Now, in a sweet gesture, Executive chairman of the group Anand Mahindra replied to Musk’s tweet and invites him to participate on meeting the target India has promised itself.
“Time you got out here Elon. You don’t want to leave that whole market to Mahindra do you?? The more the merrier–and greener…,” he wrote on Twitter.
Notably, the nation could save $60 billion in energy expenses if the 2030 target is met. Government will support this initiative in the initial years, post which production of electric cars would depend on demand and not subsidies, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal has said.
Air pollution has recently become a huge problem in India. As per a WHO report, out of the 20 cities suffering from toxic air pollution worldwide, 13 are in India.
However, even if Tesla takes part in production of electric cars along with Mahindra, without government support the target cannot be achieved.