The meeting between the Niti Aayog and industry representatives to draw up a road map for the rapid adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) on June 21 wasn’t exactly harmonious, according to people who attended. The battle lines had been drawn weeks earlier, when the bosses of Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor had made their views on an accelerated timetable eminently clear — they were opposed to it.
However, the founders of electric vehicle startups, were all for such a move, said the people cited above. The government is reportedly thinking of a 2023 deadline for three-wheelers and 2025 for all two-wheelers up to 150cc engine capacity to turn electric.
Manufacturers had pointed out that they’ve already been forced to accept an accelerated timeline for tighter emission norms that will go into force next year and has entailed expensive redevelopment. Read More
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