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India Urges Its Automakers to Cut Reliance on Imports From China

  • Thinktank Niti Aayog warns of being too dependent on neighbor
  • Says startups may capture EV sector if incumbents don’t act
India's Electric Vehicle Sales to Take Off in 2030s
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India is urging local carmakers to curb imports of electric-vehicle components and other automotive parts from China as Asia’s third-largest economy seeks to reshape its supply chains.

“It is important that certain automotive components, which are being imported from China purely on the back of cost competitiveness and development capabilities, be manufactured here,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of government policymaking body Niti Aayog. “We should not become a major importing nation in electric-vehicle components like we’ve done in solar.”