South Asia's electric mobility goals are overambitious

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Subject

South Asia's EV outlook.

Significance

India and Pakistan have both set 30% electric mobility targets for 2030. While sales of passenger car electric vehicles (EVs) are very small, both countries already have substantial numbers of electric two- and three-wheeled vehicles, a transport phenomenon which has bypassed developed countries. South Asian countries lack EV component manufacturing capabilities.

Impacts

  • In-country assembly is a likely starting point to boost domestic EV production.
  • Foreign partnerships should boost production capacity and facilitate technology transfer.
  • Fast growth in electricity for transport demand will require electricity system adaptation, which South Asia is ill-equipped to deliver.
  • India's plans to add 500 gigawatts of new renewable power to the electricity grid by 2030 would boost its EV scheme.
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