Washington Diddles. India Puts Billions into Securing EV Jobs

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on Washington Diddles. India Puts Billions into Securing EV Jobs

US fueling infrastructure – lack thereof – is a giant problem with hydrogen technology.

The Indian government has budgeted more than ₹259 billion (US$3.4 billion) in incentives to accelerate the production (and eventual adoption) of advanced automotive technology products under its recently announced Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for the Automobile and Auto Component Industry,” said Ammar Master, Senior Manager, Asia-Pacific Vehicle Forecasts at the LMC Automotive Consultancy today.

The scheme stresses battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and components and energy storage to advance the government’s aims of vehicle electrification in India, along with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which are intended to support India’s National Hydrogen Mission.

This is not an isolated occurrence. Electric vehicles, the so-called hydrogen economy and connected cars are the future of the planet and high paying employment. Virtually all major industrial nations are promoting policies and incentives to become major forces where no automaker dares to go alone. Except the dis-United States it seems. Even Senator Manchin’s next Maserati that he drives to his yacht will likely be an EV. Built where? The question facing Washington politicians of this ilk is simple: Do you care about the people in your district? Build Back Better1 is the answer. You are the problem.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, an industry trade group in the US says:

  • A robust auto manufacturing sector is vital to a healthy U.S. economy. Autos drive America forward by supporting a total of 10.3 million American jobs, or about 8 percent of private-sector employment.
  • The direct, indirect, and induced jobs supported by the auto industry leads to $650 billion in paychecks for millions of workers across the county.
  • Each job for an auto manufacturer in the United States creates ~11 other positions in industries across the economy.

In India, eligible advanced technology components include those used in energy storage, power management, traction, braking, transmission, and HVAC, as well as rare earth magnets for motors. To promote the production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the PLI scheme offers incentives for localizing 20 components, including fuel cells and fuel cell stacks, LMC said.

“Certainly, the scheme has been attracting OEMs. MG Motor seems to have advanced its plans for a mass market BEV, which we have assumed to be the MG 510, with a likely market introduction within the first quarter of 2023. The automaker is planning to heavily localize the vehicle, including the battery assembly, which should allow it to hit a target price of ₹1-1.5 million ($13,000-20,000).

“Hyundai’s recently announced plans to invest about ₹40 billion ($528 million) in to launching six BEVs in the Indian market by 2028 must also have been influenced by the PLI scheme, while sister company Kia is expected to unveil its own BEV roadmap for the Indian market next year.

“Meanwhile, we can certainly assume homegrown players Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra – both of which have aggressive BEV plans – will apply for the PLI scheme, along with market leader Suzuki Group,” said Master.

As a result LMC says “we have improved our expectations of BEV sales in the Indian Passenger Vehicle market, with its share forecast at 15% by 2030, versus an estimated share of roughly 6% six months ago.”

1 Build Back Better

The consumer rebates and credits included in the Build Back Better framework will save the average American family hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. These measures include enhancement and expansion of existing home energy and efficiency tax credits, as well as the creation of a new, electrification-focused rebate program. The framework will cut the cost of installing rooftop solar for a home by around 30%, shortening the payback period by around 5 years; and the framework’s electric vehicle tax credit will lower the cost of an electric vehicle that is made in America with American materials and union labor by $12,500 for a middle-class family. In addition, the framework will help rural communities tap into the clean energy opportunity through targeted grants and loans through the Department of Agriculture.

The Build Back Better legislation targets incentives to grow domestic supply chains in solar, wind, and other critical industries in communities on the front-lines of the energy transition. In addition, the framework will boost the competitiveness of existing industries, like steel, cement, and aluminum, through grants, loans, tax credits, and procurement to drive capital investment in the de-carbonization and revitalization of American manufacturing.

The framework will also fund port electrification; facilitate the deployment of cleaner transit, buses, and trucks; and support critical community capacity building, including grants to environmental justice communities.

Combined with savings from repealing the Trump Administration’s rebate rule, the plan is fully paid for by asking more from the very largest corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The 2017 tax cut delivered a windfall to them, and this would help reverse that—and invest in the country’s future. No one making under $400,000 will pay a penny more in taxes.

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3 Responses to Washington Diddles. India Puts Billions into Securing EV Jobs

  1. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo on 2022

    In 2022, Commerce will continue prioritizing the following objectives:

    Securing final passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which includes $52 billion for domestic semiconductor production.

    Implementing the President’s Build Back Better agenda, including making progress toward meeting the President’s goal of universal, affordable broadband by the year 2030; and investing in our middle class, especially women, through sustainable investments in infrastructure, childcare, and job training to increase the labor force and reduce costs for families.

    Completing distribution of EDA funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which helps strengthen regional economic growth, support local businesses, and ensures workers are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

    Increasing clean tech exports to advance the domestic competitiveness of green industries and create jobs.

    Coordinating with our allies to define our shared goals and objective as it relates to technology and supply chains. This includes releasing a joint statement with our partners highlighting our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and continued definition of shared goals and objectives through the US-EU Trade and Technology Council.

    Confronting the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Government’s Military-Civil Fusion (MCF) Strategy, human rights abuses, and unfair and market-distorting industrial policies, while leveling the playing field for U.S. companies in the PRC and protecting U.S. technology from unauthorized uses and users. To this end, the Department will continue to work with stakeholders to strengthen compliance with export controls as appropriate, monitor the use of key technologies by the Chinese government and commercial entities, and vigorously investigate and impose criminal and/or administrative penalties in response to violations.

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