Finding The Middle Ground Between Policy Support For EVs And Hybrid Vehicles


As India’s automobile industry tries to limp back to life after the onslaught of the prolonged economic slowdown, Covid-19 and the ongoing chip shortage, there is another hurdle in its path. The support that the government offers to Electric Vehicles (EVs) differs massively from what it gives to hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and that has left the sector divided. While the Centre backs EVs, it treats HEVs at par with Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. EVs are considered to be superior to ICE vehicles with respect to lower emissions, running cost, total cost of ownership and higher performance.