The migration of electric vehicles needs to be carefully planned to ensure the readiness of the ecosystem, says N Chandrasekaran

New Delhi: Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, said Wednesday that the shift to electric vehicles needs to be planned to ensure that the entire ecosystem is poised for mobility through a multi-year roadmap.
His testimony comes at a time when two-wheeler manufacturers Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor Co and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) are against Niti Aayog’s plan to impose a one hundred percent ban on electric-powered two-wheelers powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) up to 150 cc by 2025.
“The migration to electric vehicles is important for our journey to sustainable mobility. But it must be planned to make sure that we have the entire ecosystem ready, “said Chandrasekaran in a statement.
N Chandrasekaran said, “The government and industry must work together to set a multi-year roadmap with milestones that could help all players understand common goals, build capabilities and infrastructure, and minimize surprises along the way.”
The Tata Group Tata Motors is one of the pioneers of electric vehicles in the four-wheel segment in India. Together with its local rival Mahindra & Mahindra, the company has been awarded the contract by the state EESL to provide electric cars for various ministries.
Chandrasekaran said that the demand for electric vehicles should be created with the right incentives.
“Therefore, government and industry must work together to holistically calibrate the schedule for significant emission reductions,” added N Chandrasekaran.
In the past, manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Honda had also called for a policy on electric vehicles that would set long-term prospects, conditions and parameters under which to sell such environmentally friendly vehicles.
They have also argued that hybrid technology also needs to be considered and supported for the transition from conventional combustion engines to full electric vehicles.
Maruti Suzuki has also said in the past that electric vehicles must be supported over the long term and in the short to medium term by alternative fuel technologies such as CNG.
On Monday, India’s big tricycle manufacturers – Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Co – had Niti Aayog’s plan to keep 100 percent of electric vehicles broken through internal combustion engines (ICE) through a total ban on two-wheelers up to 150 cc driven by Internal such a transition is completely inappropriate and could jeopardize the industry.
Switching from conventional two-wheelers to 100 percent electromobility is “not like Aadhaar, not software and print cards,” and everyone’s concerns need to be addressed rather than forcing the introduction of electric vehicles.
“This is not like Aadhaar, no software and no printing cards. They need to build an entire supply chain and move away from the current supply chain, “said Venu Srinivasan, co-chairman and managing director of TVS Motor.
Hero MotoCorp expressed similar sentiments, saying it was deeply concerned about the potential impact of Niti Aayog’s approach to completely ban ICE (internal combustion engine) cycles up to 150 cc.
Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, also said, “We believe a 100 percent transition is completely inappropriate.”
HMSI said on Tuesday that the industry needed more time to stabilize after moving to BS-VI before taking the next step in the transition to combustion engine technology. This is especially true for Indian customers who demand higher daily commutes and higher price awareness.
Last week, Niti Aayog asked the Indian Automobile Manufacturers Association (SIAM) and conventional two-wheeler and tricycle manufacturers to propose concrete steps for the transition to electromobility in two weeks to three-wheelers by 2023 and two-wheelers by 2025.

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