Given India’s ambitious emission-reduction targets at the Paris climate meet, it is not surprising that the government should have an equally ambitious electric vehicle (EV) strategy. According to the plan, all fresh production of three-wheelers are to be based on electric engines by 2023, and the changeover date will be 2025 in the case of all two-wheelers below 150cc.
There was also talk of a certain share of the fleet of taxi operators like Uber/Ola being electric by a certain date, but that seems to have been put on the backburner for now. Given India’s leadership position in the traditional two-wheeler industry—India exports 3 million two-wheelers a year—and how the advantage will now probably shift to countries like China, it is not surprising that the proposal mooted by NITI Aayog has come in for a lot of flak from manufacturers like Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Company. Read More
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