India investigates VW diesels, launches incentive scheme for EVs

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The dark cloud from Volkswagen’s diesel debacle is spreading around the world. India’s Heavy Industries Ministry ordered an independent investigation, which led to the recall of 323,000 VW vehicles in India (via The Times of India). The ministry says it plans to to start testing all on-road diesel vehicles in the country to see if they too are violating emissions rules.

Coincidentally or not, the ministry has now launched a program called Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME India) as part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan.

The new policy offers incentives for buyers of all types of electric and hybrid vehicles: up to 29,000 rupees ($438) for scooters and motorcycles; 138,000 rupees ($2,083) for cars; and 187,000 rupees ($2,822) for light commercial vehicles.

The first phase of the scheme will be implemented over a two-year period, and has a budget of just under 8 billion rupees ($121 million).

 

Source: The Times of India
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