The go-all-electric proposal for two-wheelers below 150 cc capacity could be implemented in a phased manner across the country
NITI Aayog has recently told that the plea from opposing two-wheeler manufacturers would hamper the growth of the electric mobility solutions intended to be introduced in India in the near future. In what has come as a shocker, a proposal suggested that all motorcycles below 150 cc category would have to go electric by 2025.
A meeting headed by NITI Aayog’s Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant and Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar saw the presence of some of the top honchos in the two-wheeler business such as Bajaj Auto’s Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj, TVS Motor Company’s Chairman Venu Srinivasan and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s CEO Minoru Kato.
Senior authorities from central government had also convened to discuss on the matter while representatives from electric startups like Ather, Tork and recently debuted Revolt along with Kinetic, which has been making electric two-wheelers for long, had their sayings loud and clear in the meeting.
The manufacturers want the go-all-electric by 2025 proposal to be pushed further back. The volume sales for any mainstream brand largely depend on the segments below 150 cc and the dramatic transition would definitely cost them huge investment and subsequent instability in the industry in the name of curbing pollution.
NITI Aayog asked the delegates the required time needed for the all-electric and informed the companies that nearly six years are sufficiency for the switch to green mobility. A senior NITI Aayog official questioned, “If you cannot do it in six years, then how will the transition happen?”
The proposal stated as “impractical” and “unrealistic” could be implemented after all in a phased manner with the polluted cities getting the attention first. The two-wheeler makers are in loggerheads over the possible commissioning of the proposal while the EV startups could take this opportunity to gain popularity in the yet unexplored field.
Ather, Revolt, Tork and Kinetic may want the timeline to advance further to make a huge impact in the rather controversial space.