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‘Govt move to ban non-electric two and three-wheelers impractical’

The ministry of road and transport is reportedly in consultations with NITI Aayog and other stakeholders proposing that all three-wheelers and all two-wheelers below 150cc will need to go electric by 2023 and 2025, respectively.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi |
Updated: June 10, 2019 1:03:40 am
Society of Indian Automobile Association, SIAM, siam president Rajan Wadhera, ban non electric two wheelers, ban non electric three wheelers, govt bans non electric two wheelers, govt bans non electric three wheelers, The ministry of road and transport is reportedly in consultations with NITI Aayog and other stakeholders. (Representative Image)

Following the government’s proposal banning sales of non-electric three-wheelers by 2023 and two-wheelers of less than 150cc by 2025, auto body SIAM on Sunday opposed the idea, terming it as impractical and untimely.

Society of Indian Automobile Association (SIAM) president Rajan Wadhera said the government’s ambition needs to be tempered with a practical approach without needlessly disrupting the automotive industry.

Society of Indian Automobile Association, SIAM, siam president Rajan Wadhera, ban non electric two wheelers, ban non electric three wheelers, govt bans non electric two wheelers, govt bans non electric three wheelers, Industry chamber CII said the government should carry out wider consultations before finalisation of goals and time lines for electric mobility. (Express file photo)

“Such unrealistic expectations and policies would only adversely affect the world’s number one two/three-wheeler industry but may not help in making EVs acceptable to the customer and the market,” Wadhera said.

Industry chamber CII said the government should carry out wider consultations before finalisation of goals and time lines for electric mobility. It called for multi-stakeholder consultations across the value chain with a special focus on affordability for consumers. It suggested a three-pronged strategy to make this transformational shift in transportation.

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The ministry of road and transport is reportedly in consultations with NITI Aayog and other stakeholders proposing that all three-wheelers and all two-wheelers below 150cc will need to go electric by 2023 and 2025, respectively.

Wadhera pointed out that the auto industry is already leapfrogging to BS-VI emission norms in the shortest time-frame ever with investments of close to Rs 80,000 crore.

With inputs from FE & PTI

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First published on: 10-06-2019 at 01:02:27 am

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