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Niti Aayog asks scooter, bike makers to draw up plan for EVs

Niti Aayog asks scooter, bike makers to draw up plan for EVs

India's federal think-tank NITI AAYOG has asked scooter and motorbike manufacturers to draw up a plan to switch to electric vehicles.

Niti Aayog officials met with executives from companies including Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and TVS late on 21 June, giving them two weeks to come up with the plan, according to one of the executives.

NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recommended that only electric models of scooters and motorbikes with engine capacity of more than 150cc must be sold from 2025.

What Automakers said?

Automakers opposed the proposal and warned that a sudden transition, at a time when auto sales have slumped to a two-decade low, would cause market disruption and job losses.

India is one of the world’s largest two wheeler markets with sales of more than 20 million scooters and motorbikes last year.

Industry executives responded that a premature switch with no established supply chain, charging infrastructure or skilled labour in India, could result in India losing its leadership position in scooters and motorbikes.

Way Out

Niti Aayog is working with several other ministries on the recommendations, which are part of an electrification effort to help India reduce its fuel import bill and curb pollution.

The proposal also includes incentives for local production of batteries, an increase ownership cost of gasoline cars and forming a policy to scrap old vehicles.

The panel has also suggested measures such as directing taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola to convert 40% of their fleets to electric by April 2026.

Plan 2030

NITI Aayog has earlier proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold in India after 2030.

It may be noted that a panel headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had suggested earlier that only EV (three-wheelers and two-wheelers) with engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025 onwards.

If India achieves this target then carbon emission can be reduced to 37%.

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