Audi India seeks import duty cut on electric cars

Audi currently offers the e-tron, e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT in India.

After Tesla, now Audi wants the government of India to slash the import duty on electric cars. The carmaker has sought a 3-5 year relaxation on the import of luxury EVs.

Audi believes that the import duty on EVs should be fixed at 5%, instead of the 200% that is currently charged on all imported cars. A 3-5 year window would enable the carmaker to test more global models in India and eventually be locally assembled.

Audi India head, Balbir Singh Dhillon further added that the company is not seeking permanent relaxation of import duty as it respects the government’s intention to promote localisation. That being said, a temporary relief would be crucial to make a viable business case in order to bring more EVs from Audi’s global portfolio into India.

At present, Audi offers four all-electric models in India. These include the e-tron, e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT. Prices start at Rs 1.01 crore (ex-showroom).

Source: ET Auto

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