Volkswagen-owned Audi’s India unit mentioned on Friday that any potential lower down on electrical automobile (EV) import taxes would assist the German carmaker experiment higher with fashions and pricing on this planet’s third-largest automobile market. “If we get a window of three to 5 years the place the federal government is ready to cut back the duties, it would allow us to experiment with what fashions make sense for India and assist by way of pricing factors,” Audi India head Balbir Singh Dhillon advised Reuters on the sidelines of a showroom launch in Bengaluru.
Reuters reported final month that the Indian authorities is engaged on a brand new EV coverage that will slash import taxes for automakers that decide to some native manufacturing.
Dhillon mentioned that the India arm is in talks with the German mother or father to provoke assembling “some” of its electrical vehicles regionally, however declined to supply particulars on timeline or potential fashions.
Audi is attempting to meet up with its friends, BMW and Mercedes, within the transition to electrical. At present, the corporate’s India arm solely makes inner combustion engines regionally, that are utilized in its petrol vehicles.
India’s commerce minister, Piyush Goyal, mentioned earlier within the week that the federal government will seek the advice of with the trade and are available out with a brand new coverage to draw larger EV investments.
The efforts come as India pushes in direction of greener mobility, with the federal government hoping to extend electrical automobile gross sales to 30 p.c by 2030 from present nascent ranges of two p.c. Of this, luxurious EVs are a fraction.
After 4 fashions launched final month, six out of 16 fashions in Audi India’s choices are electrical vehicles, that are solely imported and bought within the nation priced between $136,000 (roughly Rs. 1.12 crore) and $234,000 (roughly Rs. 1.94 crore).