India plans to order taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola to convert 40% of their fleet of cars to electric by April 2026.
The news comes from a source and records of government meetings to discuss new rules for clean mobility.
According to Reuters Uber and Ola would need to start converting their fleet as early s next year to achieve 2.5% electrification by 2021, 5% by 2022, 10% by 2023 before hiking it to 40%.
Some taxi players, like Ola, have previously attempted to operate electric cars in the country, but with little success given inadequate infrastructure and high costs, reports Reuters.
n a meeting in New Delhi on May 28, Niti Aayog officials and the ministries of road transport, power, renewable energy and steel, as well as the departments of heavy industries and trade, were among those recommending taxi operators in India gradually convert to electric.
They also recommended that all new cars sold for commercial use should only be electric from April 2026, a change that would also apply to Uber and Ola, said the person who has direct knowledge of the matter but spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The person also told Reuters that motorcycles and scooters sold for commercial purposes, like food delivery or for use by e-commerce companies, will also need to be electric from April 2023.
Reuters says that the committee has also suggested a plan to gradually introduce electric buses within cities, with 5% of the fleet electric by 2023, rising to 30% by 2026. Thereafter all new city buses would need to be electric.