There's hope, though. In December 2010, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced a 20 per cent subsidy on electric cars. Subsequently, the-then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced the setting up of a national mission on hybrid and electric vehicles in his Budget for 2011-12.
Very recently, the National Council on Electrical Mobility has recommended to the government that a Rs 23,000-crore programme be launched to promote the electric vehicle industry that includes two-wheelers and hybrid vehicles. At the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers annual conference, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Praful Patel announced that the Prime Minister would soon launch the national programme.