Motorcycles in India were given two weeks to create an EV planJune 25, 2019
The situation with two-and three-wheeled electric transport in the country continues to heat up. The government gives a short time to companies to electrify their products. About it reports the publication Rideapart, with reference to the agency Reuters.
The government think tank Niti Aayog said they plan to move in 2023-2025. Although manufacturers, including Bajaj and Honda, say it is too short a time, the Indian government plans to move forward as soon as possible.
The research center, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also gave motorcycle and scooter manufacturers some “homework”: to come up with plans to switch to electrical installations in two weeks. What punitive measures are provided for those who do not meet the deadlines is unknown.
Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, and Venu Srinivasan, chairman of TVS Motor, attended the meeting. Pavan Manjal, Chairman of Hero MotorCorp, was absent. Currently, Hero is the leader in sales of two-wheeled vehicles with ICE in India.
Niti Aayog was not left without the support of companies, only it comes from startups EV, who do not need to worry about electrifying millions of copies a year. Two of these exclusive EV makers are Ather Energy and the Firodia Group. Srinivasan told reporters in an interview: “People who want to do it tomorrow produce more than 1,000 cars a year.” This is a bit compared to the 313,532 bikes sold by TVS last year.
Other concerns voiced by leading Indian two-wheeled vehicle manufacturers include the high cost of importing batteries, as there are currently no local manufacturers in India. In addition, manufacturers believe that government tax incentives are necessary to ensure the parity of costs for EV and ICE cars to convince consumers to make the transition. These two factors, the manufacturers claim, cannot be scheduled for two weeks, and will not be met satisfactorily by the current deadlines.
Moto companies are repelled by these points, but so far the government insists on its own strength as well. It will be interesting to see how this situation will develop. Reuters recalled a similar event two years ago. Then India wanted to move forward with electric cars, but eventually changed course after the manufacturers retreated.
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