India will splash 257 billion rupees ($3.5 billion) on incentives for the auto sector to boost production of clean cars, the government said recently, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris climate accord.
The push for electric vehicles is also fueled by the need to reduce pollution, with major cities in the nation of 1.3 billion people home to some of the world's dirtiest air.
The scheme will allow India to "leapfrog to environmentally cleaner, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles", the cabinet said in a statement.
"It will herald a new age in higher technology, more efficient and green automotive manufacturing," it added.
The incentives will be provided to automobile and drone manufacturers in India over a five-year period.