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Can Indian Government EV Policy 2024 bring Tesla? Know Now!

To boost the manufacturing of electric vehicles in India and position the country as a leader in EV tech production, the Union Government has recently launched a new scheme. This Indian Government EV Policy aims to bolster the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Let’s find out more about the policy and its impact in India.
04:29 PM Apr 06, 2024 IST | Auto Desk
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Impact of Government Policies on electric car

Reports say that the new Indian Government EV Policy 2024 will pave the way for leading EV companies of the world, such as Tesla and others, to manufacture their products in India locally. This landmark decision will boost local production by leading EV manufacturers in the world. The new Indian government policy on electric cars will promote the “Make in India” campaign and also provide Indian consumers access to advanced technology. 

What is the New Indian Government EV Policy of 2024? Top 5 Points

The new Indian Government EV Policy of 2024 has the following 5 provisions:

1. Minimum Investment Criteria

To avail the incentives of the new policy, a manufacturer has to invest at least Rs. 4150 crore (or US$500 million approximately).

2. Maximum Investment Limit

The manufacturer can invest as much as it wants. No upper cap for investment is there in this scheme. 

3. Manufacturing Timeline

  • Within 3-years, the manufacturer has to establish manufacturing facilities in India and also start production of electric vehicles. 
  • Within 5 years, the manufacturer has to achieve 50% DVA (Domestic Value Addition). 
    • By 3rd year, it has to achieve a 25% localisation level.
    • By 5th year, it has to achieve a 50% localisation level.
  • 15% customs duty will be applicable for 5 years on vehicles that have a CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) value of US$35,000 or above. This is the same import rate applicable to CKDs ( Completely Knocked Down) units or car units whose components are imported from abroad but assembled in India. 
Note: 

  1. Currently, 70% import tax is levied on completely built imported car units (also called CBUs or Completely Built Up) below US$40,000 and less than 3,000 cc petrol engines.
  2. Currently, a 15% import tax is levied on Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units. In the case of CKDs, the car parts are shipped to India from abroad and assembled in India. 

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4. Duty Limit

Whichever is lower between:

  • Rs. 6484 crore, which is the extent of incentive given under the PLI scheme, or 
  • The extent of import duty forgone on the total number of electric vehicles allowed for import under the new 2024 Indian government EV policy in place of the investment made by the EV manufacturing company. 

The maximum number of electric vehicles that the EV manufacturing company (such as Tesla) can import under the Indian government EV policy 2024 at 15% customs duty is 40,000 EV units over 5 years. The company can import only up to 8,000 units per year during these five years if the investment value of the EV company is US$800 million or above. 

5. Bank Guarantee Requirements and Non-Achievement Clause

  • Bank Guarantee Support

To avail of the incentive of forgone customs duty, the investment commitment of the EV company must be guaranteed by a bank. 

  • Non-Achievement Clause

The bank guarantee will be invocated if the company fails to achieve the DVA or the minimum eligibility criteria of the Indian government EV policy 2024.

Final Words

In an interaction with Andre Konsbruck, the Vice President, Sales Overseas of Audi, he said, “The government seems to be very committed to sustainability and to the electric future.” He made this comment while interacting on the issue of the new Indian government EV policy of 2024. 

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Experts believe that this new policy will help produce world-class electric cars locally in India and allure Tesla or other EV giants to invest in India. In addition, it’ll also reduce the Indian government’s reliance on crude oil in the mid-to-long run. Finally, the new Indian government EV policy will drive India towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

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