Asia electric

Asia electric

Asia is turning against petrol and diesel in a big way as India and China turn to EVs

Asia is turning against petrol and diesel in a big way as India and China turn to EVs

Asia is turning against petrol and diesel in a big way. The Indian government say it has an aggressive plan to make all new vehicles electric by 2030, as the likes of engine-manufacturer Cummins India pumps up research into EV solutions for the market.

And Ashok Leyland is now in a tie-up with local start-up Sun Mobility to develop battery-swapping technology for a range of vehicles from cars through to trucks. Plus Sun is partnering with long-standing Swiss battery maker Leclanché to come up with battery-storage solutions.

The Indian government is expecting EV prices to slide over the next five years and promote a shift from the internal-combustion engine to EVs.

Earlier this year, an Indian thintank came up with a 15-year road map for new EVs to include placing limits on petrol and diesel car registrations while boosting incentives for EVs.

In China, the Minister of Industry and Information Technology says it is working with other departments to end the production of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and is working on a timetable.

Chinese car maker BYD delivered 46,855 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, in the first seven months of 2017, while Beijing Electric Vehicle racked up 36,084.

US EV maker Tesla said a few months ago that it was in talks with the Shanghai government to explore local vehicle manufacturing to bring down production, labour and shipping costs.

Image: BYD

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