Audi Finally entered the field of electric vehicles in the Indian market and launched Electron tube and e-tron Sportback. As we reported earlier, the brand’s electric car plan is much larger because Audi expects electric vehicles to account for 15% of its Indian sales by 2025On this basis, Balbir Singh Dhillon, head of Audi India, told OurIndia in an interview, “At a certain point in time, if sales reach the threshold limit, we will also consider manufacturing these vehicles (EV) in India”.
- The 15% goal should be achieved with fewer electric vehicles.
- Audi supports the reduction of import tariffs on electric vehicles in India.
Possibility of local assembly of Audi electric vehicles
Balbir elaborated and stated that if the company achieves its goal of 15% of total sales of electric vehicles by 2025, local assembly must be a consideration. But he added that it “completely depends on whether we can reach 15% through three models or ten models”.
This means that if the sales target is met with fewer models, the sales of each electric vehicle model will be sufficient to meet the investment required for local assembly. However, if more electric models are needed to ensure the same goal, then local assembly will be weak, because each model only accounts for a small percentage of overall sales.
Audi intends to reduce import tariffs on electric vehicles
Local assembly of electric vehicles will greatly reduce their prices, because Audi will benefit from lower taxes; although India has vigorously promoted electric vehicles, the current tax rate for imported electric vehicles is the same as other cars.Although there has been a lot of discussion recently about reducing import tariffs Tesla’s requirements For the same.
Barbier also supports this view and said: “In the final analysis, everything comes down to the cost of ownership and the cost of cars. For electric cars, if tariffs are lowered, we will be able to introduce more cars and more customers can use these cars.”
In addition to electric cars, Barbier also believes that lowering import tariffs on high-end luxury cars will benefit both consumers and the country, because more models can be sold.
Barbier further stated that he hopes this will happen sooner because it does not require government push and investment for too long, but “three to five years of support is enough to make things go smoothly.”
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