Air pollution is apparently so bad in India that it kills around half a million people every year.
Now, the Indian government want to take direct action. They unveiled a new plan at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi. It suggests that, in a bid to drastically reduce the country’s air pollution by making the change to electric cars.
Minister for coal and mines, Piyush Goyal, said that “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way,” as he outlined a plan to make India switch from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric ones by 2030. “We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient… The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.”
“The cost of electric vehicles will start to pay for itself for consumers,” he said according to the International Business Times. “We would love to see the electric vehicle industry run on its own,” he added.
Electric cars are increasing in both affordability and popularity. Tesla recently overtook both Ford and GM in market value, signifying a change in attitudes to personal transportation.
According to The Independent:
An investigation by Greenpeace this year found that as many as 2.3 million deaths occur every year due to air pollution in the country. The report, entitled ‘Airpocalypse’, claimed air pollution had become a “public health and economic crisis” for Indians.
It said the number of deaths caused by air pollution was only “a fraction less” than the number of deaths from tobacco use, adding that 3 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was lost to the levels of toxic smog.
“India’s pollution trends have been steadily increasing, with India overtaking China in number of deaths due to outdoor air pollution in 2015,” the report said, saying a “robust monitoring system” was urgently needed.
The scheme will target urban areas which are the worst effected by pollution, before spanning into a nationwide campaign.