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Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicle Buyers in India
Simran Kaur
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Published on 8th Jul 21

Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicle Buyers in India

Electric cars (EV) are substantially more costly than gasoline-powered vehicles (ICE). EVs have greater initial prices than conventional vehicles, and lowering them is critical to increasing their appeal to customers. In India, both national and subnational governments are offering various financial incentives to make EVs more accessible.

Cost is frequently a primary factor in drivers' decision-making when it comes to their next car purchase. According to a poll performed by Autolist, one of the top three reasons drivers delay switching to an electric car is the relative cost to comparable gas-powered vehicles. This apprehension represents immediate expenses, and it is not without justification. In 2019, the average cost of a new gas-powered car was $36,600, compared to $55,600 for an electric vehicle.  As demand for EVs increases, alternatives expand, and buyers will have a better chance of finding a car that meets both their budgetary and personal preferences. 

Additionally, there are helpful resources available, such as AAA's Green Car Guide, that may assist you in locating the ideal EV for your budget. For these reasons, the high initial cost of an EV should not be a deterrent - at least not until you've thoroughly examined your choices. What's more persuasive is that the long-term expenses of owning an EV are frequently cheaper than those of a gas-powered vehicle. Even with the increased cost of a new vehicle, converting to an electric vehicle may save you money.

Despite the greater average upfront cost, switching to an EV is a civic obligation. The more people who switch to electric vehicles, the less greenhouse gas is discharged into the atmosphere, lowering global temperatures and accelerating the world's transition to a more sustainable future.

Who should be concerned about these monetary incentives?

1. Individuals who purchase EVs

2. Operators of fleets – freight and transportation

3. Providers of public transportation

4. Government agencies with a responsibility to accelerate the use of electric vehicles

Purchase Incentives

A purchasing incentive is a discount applied directly to the user's EV purchase price. These kind of incentives are frequently utilised across the world to help make EVs more affordable. Financial assistance may be provided to either the user or the manufacturer. Additionally, the incentive might be tied to the cost of the battery. In many situations, the amount of assistance offered has a cap.

In India, the central government and state governments offer purchase incentives for electric vehicles. These may be in the form of subsidies to consumer capital, user subsidies, or demand generating incentives.


Additionally, financial incentives in the form of government coupons may be offered to EV purchasers. The government will compensate you afterwards. Coupon values vary according on vehicle type and pricing. Additionally, coupons may be available for a limited time.

Subventions for interest

Interest subventions are reductions in the interest rate charged on a loan. When suggested through a policy, the government bears the cost of these subventions. As a result, the user obtains a waiver on the interest rate she/he pays.

Exemption from road taxes

In India, all car owners are required to pay a road tax to the state government at the time of purchase. This varies by state in India. These also differ depending on the vehicle's intended use - personal or business. The state road tax is further classified into slabs based on the cost of the vehicle and its fuel requirements. For example, the road tax in Delhi is between 4% and 15%. The majority of Indian states with EV laws exclude EVs from road taxes.

Exemption from registration fees

A one-time registration charge is required for the purchase of any new vehicle.5 Similar to road tax, this is also paid at the time of purchase. This amount varies according on the vehicle's intended use - commercial or private.

Income tax benefits

Income tax (IT) advantages are frequently utilised to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles. This is a deduction from the amount of tax that an individual owes to the government.

Elimination of incentives

Scrapping incentives are used to deter the usage and ownership of older internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. These are supplied in India upon de-registration of older ICE cars. A scrap value is provided – this may be a fixed amount, a percentage of the vehicle's ex-showroom price, or a rebate on the new vehicle's road tax and registration fee.

Refund of SGST

In India, the goods and services tax (GST) is shared equally between the central and state governments as a central goods and services tax (CGST) and a state goods and services tax (SGST) (SGST). States may provide SGST rebates on the purchase of an electric vehicle.


Numerous additional financial incentives, including interest-free loans, top-up subsidies, and unique incentives for electric three-wheelers, have been included in state EV programmes.

EVs are considerably less expensive to maintain and repair.

Gas-powered cars contain a lot of moving components, are extremely complicated and typically require more maintenance than EV vehicles do. To begin, gasoline-powered vehicles require frequent oil and transmission fluid changes, whereas EVs do not. Additionally, gas-powered vehicles incorporate more machinery, which complicates troubleshooting and lengthens repair times. This increases the mechanic's costs. Finally, EVs are generally equipped with regenerative brakes that slow the car using the vehicle's kinetic energy. This results in less wear and tear on the brakes, as well as a decreased need for brake maintenance. These savings can add up to a substantial sum.

The higher average price of EVs continues to be a disincentive for individuals considering a new automobile purchase. However, drivers are becoming aware of the long-term savings that electric vehicles may offer. This might be an incentive for many to make the transition.

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