Motorists in India, home to
some of the world's most polluted cities, can now buy a fully-fledged electric car after
Hyundai unveiled a model that can travel 452 kilometres (281 miles) on one
The Kona Electric SUV will cost $36,000 -- more
than three times the price of the cheapest combustion-engine SUV and more than
eight times dearer than a regular saloon car.
But its improved range will address one of the
major concerns among customers in India, where there is a shortage of charging
stations, Hyundai Motors Managing Director SS Kim told the Press Trust of
No clear roadmap to get more EVs on the roads
India is forecast to become the world's
most populous nation within a decade, and although last week the government
unveiled new tax incentives, manufacturers say that there is no clear roadmap
to get more EVs on the roads.
The market share of electric vehicles is now
just 0.06 percent, compared with 39 percent in Norway, according to government
figures cited by Bloomberg News.
Govt to do more for adoption of EVs
"We think more can be done by the
government to accelerate adoption of EVs in India," Kim said.
Local firms Tata Motors and
Mahindra & Mahindra previously launched electric vehicles, but only with
limited ranges or not for commercial sale.
India has just 7,000 EVs on roads while
Currently there are fewer than 7,000 on
India's roads, many of which are imported. In China by
contrast, 455,571 electric vehicles were sold in the first half of 2019 alone.
India is home to 22 of the world's 30 most
polluted cities, according to Greenpeace, with
industrial emissions, car fumes and smoke from burning crops creating a toxic
1.24 million Indians died because of
poisonous air in 2017
Poisonous air killed 1.24 million
Indians in 2017, according to a study published last year by Lancet Planetary
Health, which said tens of millions of people face serious health risks.
India currently generates about two-thirds of
its electricity with coal and gas, making it the world's third-biggest emitter
of greenhouse gases.