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Electric ride-hailing commercially viable in India: Report

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Integration of electric vehicles in ride-hailing fleets is both technically and commercially viable in India today, a new report said on Wednesday.

With improving technology, more vehicle options and increased availability of charging infrastructure in the near future, the business case of EV adoption in ride-hailing will only get stronger, said the report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

With sustained business action from other ride-hailing companies and a supportive policy environment, EVs will soon enough start replacing ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles in the ride-hailing fleets and create major cost savings and carbon emission reductions, it said.

In order to achieve a high-level of EV adoption in the ride-hailing market, and beyond, some amount of government support will be required.

Some policy measures that governments could undertake to accelerate EV adoption in the ride-hailing market are – establishing a charging network for ride-hailing fleets, incentivising electric ride-hailing and facilitating EV financing, WBCSD added.

According to its analysis, a 100 per cent adoption of electric ride-hailing cars in India by 2030 equates to a reduction of 12 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, avoiding consumption of 11 billion litres of fuel per year.

The new report by WBCSD documented the EV journey of India’s first all-electric car ride-hailing company BluSmart which was launched in June 2019.

BluSmart’s EV deployment experience shows that with the right business model, EVs are a profitable investment.

“BluSmart’s fleet with Mahindra’s eVerito sedan has shown that electric ride-hailing is both technically and financially viable today” said Mahesh Babu, MD & CEO at Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited, said in a statement.

Since their launch, BluSmart has completed five million clean kilometres.

“Since inception we have touched 200,000+ citizens of Delhi NCR and we are pleased by the positive feedback on electric mobility and people’s enthusiasm to make a change in their everyday lives by adopting a cleaner and greener way of travelling,” said Anmol Jaggi, Co-Founder and CEO at BluSmart Mobility.

“We believe that the sheer impact on air-quality and climate change will make electric ride-hailing the preferred way for India to move forward.”

It could be assumed that government interventions and active original equipment manufacturer OEM participation combined would compel more and more fleets to strongly consider switching to electric, said the report titled “Advancing electrification of ride-hailing in India: A case study on BluSmart”.

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Toyota launches lifestyle utility vehicle Hilux

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Automaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Thursday , launched “Hilux” lifestyle utility vehicle.

According to the company, the Ex-showroom prices of the new vehicle will be announced in March 2022 before the start of the deliveries in April 2022.

“Today, as India continues to make larger economic strides, many customers are seeking a sophisticated lifestyle vehicle that delivers exceptional on and off-road prowess and fulfil their daily urban mobility needs be it work or pleasure,” said Masakazu Yoshimura, Managing Director, TKM.

As per the company, the Hilux is loaded with features like a heavy-duty turbo engine and diamond-like carbon coating on the piston rings for maximised frictional efficiency.

“The result is a whopping 500Nm of Torque which is by far the best in the segment,” the company said.

“The Variable Flow Control’ to the power steering has boosted drivability making the steering lighter at low speed in city traffic condition and heavier at higher speeds cruising on a highway.”

Besides, the Hilux comes with an unmatched water wading capacity of 700mm.

It features the same platform (body-on frame chassis construction) that underpins the Innova Crysta and Fortuner.

Globally, the Hilux sales has surpassed 20 million units.

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India’s FY23 GDP to witness ‘meaningful’ growth; to rise by 7.6%: Ind-Ra

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 India’s FY23 GDP is expected to grow 7.6 per cent year-on-year basis, said India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra).

As per the ratings agency, after a gap of two years, the Indian economy will show a “meaningful expansion”, as the real GDP in FY23 will be 9.1 per cent higher than the FY20 (pre-Covid) GDP level.

“However, the size of the Indian economy in FY23 will be 10.2 per cent lower than the FY23 GDP trend value,” the agency said.

“A continued weakness in private consumption and investment demand is estimated to contribute 43.4 per cent and 21.0 per cent, respectively, to this shortfall.”

However, it pointed out that if the impact of Omicron on 4QFY22 growth turns out to be greater than the estimate then there could be some upside to the FY23 growth originating from the base effect.

“Nonetheless, there are risks to the ongoing recovery.”

Notably, the agency cited that National Statistical Organisation’s (NSO) advanced estimate (AE) of FY22 showed that private final consumption expenditure (PFCE), grew by only 6.9 per cent YoY in FY22, despite a low base and sales data of many consumer durables showing robust growth.

“This indicates that the consumption demand is still weak and not broad based. In fact, the slowdown in PFCE had begun even before the Covid-19 pandemic had hit the Indian economy.”

“Robust PFCE growth is a must for a sustained growth recovery.”

Besides, it said that wage growth both in the rural and urban areas is facing significant headwinds and has been declining since mid-2020.

“More importantly, real (inflation-adjusted) wages are indicating an erosion of household’s purchasing power. Another factor that has impaired the consumption demand lately is an abrupt rise in the health expenditure of households.”

“These trends may be cyclical in nature, but the picture even at the structural level is not healthy for households.”

Consequently, household savings have declined and their leverage has gone up significantly since FY12, the agency said.

In addition, it estimated that investments, as measured by gross fixed capital formation (GFCF), to grow 8.7 per cent YoY in FY23.

“However, private investments have been down and out over the past several years and Ind-Ra believes the revival of private investment demand will be a slow and drawn-out process.”

“The two developments that can, however, hasten this process are merchandise exports which have shown a surprise turnaround in FY22 and the Production-Linked Incentive Scheme announced by the union government in April 2020.”

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Higher standard deduction for salaried may be part of tinkering

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The Union Budget 2022 may include a higher standard deduction for salaried taxpayers and tax incentives related to affordable housing.

Emkay Global Financial Services said in a report that on the revenue front, gross tax/GDP ratio is expected to increase to 10.7 per cent amid healthy tax buoyancy across segments. Though we do not see any major changes in taxes, we do not rule out minor tinkering in the form of higher standard deduction for salaried taxpayers; tax incentives related to affordable housing; or marginally higher customs duties on PLI-related finished/semi-finished products. Separately, lower non-tax revenue will be led by lower RBI dividends.

The spending focus will likely be on welfare, rural, health and MSMEs. We will also watch for financial sector initiatives (resolutions, higher FPI limits to facilitate divestment in select PSBs on sale, etc.), which could improve the efficacy of the financial sector’s ability to fund the recovery better, the report said.

Amid various push and pull, FY22 GFD/GDP could just about balance at 6.8 per cent. Positive buffers such as bumper RBI surplus, robust tax collection, and higher nominal GDP could get offset by higher payouts than budgeted on food, fertiliser subsidy, health, NREGA, Air India SPV; and possible miss on ambitious divestment targets (despite possible mega LIC IPO in March 2022).

Asset-sale execution will undeniably become the key balancing aspect, especially with a healthy NMP pipeline. We pencil in a modest divestment of Rs 800 billion, and do not account for any major 5G spectrum windfall amid limited clarity on the reserve price, the report said.

The upcoming Budget faces acute policy trade-offs between nurturing a nascent growth recovery and diminishing fiscal space with challenging debt dynamics. The uneven recovery post the pandemic raises questions about the sustainability of demand, especially as the labour market is also potentially divided. For targeted policy responses, fiscal policy tends to be more effective than monetary policy. Thus, a delicate balance needs to be maintained, ensuring the fiscal impulse is maximized to boost potential growth, even as policy adherence to medium-term fiscal sustainability is signalled, the report said.

This would require the expenditure-to-GDP ratio remaining healthy, front-loaded investment-focused stimulus, especially amid its larger multiplier effect on growth and employment. This necessitates innovative reforms, better resource allocation, and possible fiscal funding by aggressive asset sales in the form of existing functional infrastructure monetisation, disinvestments, and strategic sales, among others.

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