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Hybrids not must for moving towards electric mobility, says Siam

At present, hybrids attract GST of 28% plus 15% cess

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hybrids not must for moving towards electric mobility, says Siam

Auto body President today said is not a must for moving towards and supported government's current incentives for the hybrids.

At present, hybrids attract of 28 per cent plus 15 per cent cess. like Toyota, and have demanded better incentives for hybrids saying it was necessary for transition to full


"What we are saying is that the government has considered an incentive at a reduced level for hybrids. There is the higher incentive for It indicates government's approach where they see hybrids at best as a passing phase," Firodia said.

With battery cost coming down in the future, will automatically replace fossil fuels, he added.

"is not a necessary step for electric mobility," Firodia noted.

as an organisation has a different kind of members who make commercial vehicles and two-wheelers as well, so it cannot "back only one view".

He added that the government has been consistent with its policies for the auto sector.

"There could be issues related to rates of taxes. It is something which has to be resolved by having a dialogue with the government and it is going on. I do not think there is policy flip-flop on part of the government," Firodia said.

is in dialogue with the government to moderate certain rates on some categories of vehicles which are in need of correction, he added.

There are issues related to mini buses, ambulances which require correction, Firodia said.

On electric mobility, he said there is a need to bring all the stakeholders together including government, and academia.

"No matter who says what, is not coming tomorrow, it will take years..it will take years doesn't mean we have so many years. We need to start at the earliest and for that reason, a dialogue has been established," Firodia said.

will be presenting a white paper to the government listing its views which will be the basis for the dialogue, he added.

"This dialogue will take a while. We do hope there will be clarity as to how we move forward together," Firodia said.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 22:03 IST
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