Two-wheeler makers term electric vehicle switchover by 2025 as impractical, unrealistic and ill-timed

Leading two-wheeler makers Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Company said on Monday that any plan to ban internal combustion engine three-wheelers and two-wheelers to adopt electric ones by 2025 would be 'unrealistic' and 'ill-timed' and derail auto manufacturing in the country

Press Trust of India June 10, 2019 16:51:54 IST
Two-wheeler makers term electric vehicle switchover by 2025 as impractical, unrealistic and ill-timed
  • Auto industry body SIAM has advised the government to follow a well laid-out roadmap and a practical time frame for the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country

  • Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj in a statement on Monday termed the reported government's plan as impractical and ill-timed

  • The comments come in response to some media reports that the government was considering a proposal to ban the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) three-wheelers by 2023 and less than 150 cc two-wheelers by 2025

New Delhi: Leading two-wheeler makers Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Company said on Monday that any plan to ban internal combustion engine three-wheelers and two-wheelers to adopt electric ones by 2025 would be "unrealistic" and "ill-timed" and derail auto manufacturing in the country.

The comments come in response to some media reports that the government was considering a proposal to ban the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) three-wheelers by 2023 and less than 150 cc two-wheelers by 2025.

Auto industry body SIAM has also advised the government to follow a well laid-out roadmap and a practical time frame for the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.

Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj in a statement on Monday termed the reported government's plan as impractical and ill-timed.

He listed out three execution-related concerns with the reported initiative.

Twowheeler makers term electric vehicle switchover by 2025 as impractical unrealistic and illtimed

Representational image. Reuters.

"First that it may be impractical to target such a scale when none of the stakeholders currently possesses any meaningful experience with any of the pieces of the electric vehicle (EV) puzzle," Bajaj noted.

Secondly, it is ill-timed to target date so close to BSVI implementation, he added.

"And finally, to target two and three wheelers but not cars etc makes it an incomplete initiative," Bajaj said.

He added that an appropriate middle path would be in the first phase to target such a changeover through corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) norms, electric vehicles for all vehicle categories from a particular date such as 2023 or 2025 starting with the most polluted cities of India.

"Basis the learnings from that experience a collective plan can be put together to scale up as desired," Bajaj said.

TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan said, "To force an unrealistic deadline for mass adoption of electric two and three wheelers, will not just create consumer discontent, it risks derailing auto-manufacturing in India that supports 4 million jobs."

There is a need for gradual and seamless adoption of EVs to avoid such collateral damage and ensure our technology-driven disruption is positive and lasting, he added.

"We have been doing serious development work to ensure we can offer a mass market EV product that delivers on safety and high performance. This is necessary to co-opt consumers into making a switch, so it's driven by consumer willingness and, therefore, adopted easily and widely. The supporting infrastructure for charging also needs to be as robust as conventional fuel options."

The auto industry globally is still a long way away from all of this, as is India, he highlighted.

Industry chamber CII on Sunday said the government should carry out wider consultations before finalisation of goals and timelines for electric mobility.

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