New Delhi: In 2019, the city will see a big shift in the way cars are made.
And in the coming year, it will be even bigger.
The biggest of these shifts will be the shift in car manufacturing from factories to small, local production units, as automakers are increasingly opting for this approach to boost their sales.
The shift will begin in 2021 when the country’s largest automaker, Tata Motors, will open the world’s first all-electric car factory, in Bangalore.
The first 500 vehicles made at the factory will be available to customers by December 2021.
By 2022, the country will also have an all-wheel drive, or “EV”, vehicle in operation.
This will become the countrys first all electric vehicle.
The next two years will be a transition period as automakers will continue to expand the number of EVs they produce, which is expected to create an enormous amount of jobs.
As for the future of the automotive industry, the shift will bring a new generation of products that will make the industry greener and more competitive.
“In 2021, we are looking at the possibility of a huge number of new product launches,” said Manoj Kumar, the managing director of the Tata Group, which runs the worlds largest auto brand.
“There are lots of options out there.
We have a good mix of products and we are focused on the future.”
But the changes will also bring an end to the car manufacturing that has been around for more than 40 years.
In India, the automobile industry is mostly made up of one- and two-person households.
This has left a huge legacy of environmental damage and labour disputes.
“With a small number of manufacturing units, there is an enormous impact on the environment,” said Arjun R. Prasad, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
As an example, a single vehicle will be capable of producing 10 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
“The average Indian household produces 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year,” he added.
“With the elimination of car manufacturing, we can be more eco-conscious.
We can go further in this direction,” said Ramesh Prasan, co-founder of the global climate advocacy organisation, The Roadmap.
The group’s mission is to help governments, companies and individuals to develop sustainable solutions to global climate change.
“India has one of the highest CO2 emissions in the world and we will see even greater emissions in 2021.
It will be worse for India than for the US, which has the third highest emissions per capita in the developed world,” said Prasanth.
India has a large share of its energy consumption coming from fossil fuels and its emissions are predicted to rise further.