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India faces bumpy electric vehicle ride

Goal to switch completely to new technology by 2030 is seen as unrealistic

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GREATER NOIDA, India -- Thousands of Indians crowded into the biennial Auto Expo near New Delhi in early February as carmakers showcased their latest products and technology. The Indian car market is the world's fastest growing based on estimates that sales will expand dramatically from 4 million vehicles this year to 10 million by 2030.

The visitors who walked through the 116 show pavilions in the 58-acre India Exposition Mart could not escape the focus on electric vehicles, which reflects the government's announcement last year that it wants all cars on the road to be EVs by 2030. 

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