By Martin Gøttske
The rate of car ownership in India is still low and the government wants to keep it that way. It is planning to avoid further sprawl and car-dependency by following a radically different path than the one taken in Western countries.
The government’s aim is that by the end of next decade most – if not all – vehicles in India will run on electricity, most cars will be shared, and cities will be designed for humans rather than cars.
If successful, the shift would save the country 60 billion USD in diesel and gas costs in 2030; there would be almost 100 million less cars than otherwise projected; and CO2 emissions from passenger transport would drop 37 per cent compared to the business-as-usual scenario.