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Reducing import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) represents a positive step forward, yet a comprehensive approach is necessary to fully harness the potential of EVs. Evaluate.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. Reducing import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) represents a positive step forward, yet a comprehensive approach is necessary to fully harness the potential of EVs. Evaluate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The government’s decision to drastically reduce the import duty on fully-built electric vehicles from 70 percent to 15 percent is a big move that indicates a break with the past.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact of shifting to electric vehicles on the environment, economy and also to examine the impact of reduction in import duty for EVs.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context.

Body:

Mention the impact the EV can have on India economically in terms of reducing dependence on crude oil and reduced import bill and improved domestic energy independence.

Next, write about the environmental benefits of shift to EV – Give facts and figures relation to vehicular emission in India, the impact of it and how shifting to EV can be environmentally advantageous as well as sustainable in the long run.

Next, examine the steps that are needed to further needed to promote EVs.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to ensure maximisation of potential benefits.