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India may ask Uber, Ola to go electric

SHANNON, Ireland, June 6, 2019

India plans to order taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola to convert 40% of their fleet of cars to electric by April 2026, Reuters said quoting a source and records of government meetings.
 
Uber and Ola, both backed by Softbank Group, would need to start converting their fleet as early as next year to achieve 2.5% electrification by 2021, 5% by 2022, 10% by 2023 before hiking it to 40%, according to the person and the records that have been reviewed by Reuters, it said.
 
Some taxi players, like Ola, have previously tried to operate electric cars in the country, but with little success given inadequate infrastructure and high costs.
 
New Delhi, however, is looking to push the new policy to boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as it tries to bring down its oil imports and curb pollution so it can meet its commitment as part of the 2015 Paris climate change treaty.



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