India’s top automakers are steering away from polluting diesel models, but the real push towards cleaner electric vehicles is coming from the country’s cab aggregators.
Market leader Maruti Suzuki announced late last month that it will not sell any diesel vehicles from April next year, when the Bharat Stage VI emission standards kick in. The norms will make diesel models substantially more expensive. Tata Motors, the country’s fourth largest carmaker, too, has indicated that it’s planning to stop selling small diesel cars after the new standards are enforced.
But when it comes to replacing… diesel vehicles for personal use, electric vehicles (EVs), for now, are less favoured by automakers over petrol and the cheaper compressed natural gas (CNG) models. But CNG filling stations are few except in Delhi & Mumbai!
In fact, India’s largest ride haling app Ola seems to be making a more concerted effort by adding EVs to its fleet.