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Bajaj, TVS join chorus against govt’s ‘unrealistic and ill timed’ all electric push

Bajaj, TVS join chorus against govt’s ‘unrealistic and ill-timed’ all-electric push

Bajaj, TVS join chorus against govt’s ‘unrealistic and ill-timed’ all-electric push
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By Aastha Agnihotri  Jun 12, 2019 1:23:49 PM IST (Updated)

Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor, the country's top two-wheeler makers, have voiced concerns over the government's electric vehicle-related policies, calling it “unrealistic” and “ill-timed”.

Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor, the country's top two-wheeler makers, have voiced concerns over the government's electric vehicle-related policies, calling it “unrealistic” and “ill-timed”.

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“Nobody can argue with the intent and direction but related to execution, I have 3 serious concerns; first, it’s impractical to put a deadline to something like this. Second, it is ill-timed and third, I found it to be relatively incomplete because I heard a lot about 2 and 3-wheelers when what the world needs is car-free cities,” Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto, told CNBC-TV18 on Wednesday.
According to Bajaj, it is important to get the experience and then start in a phased manner.
Venu Srinivasan, chairman at TVS Motor Company, pointed out that automakers everywhere were supportive of the overall goal of introducing electric vehicles (EV) and as a result, have been doing serious development work to ensure a mass market EV products.
"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," Srinivasan said in an official statement.
Industry bodies CII and SIAM have also reacted to the anticipated government plan.
“What is required is a well laid out roadmap for an ambitious EV rollout over a practical time frame along with an integrated plan for setting up the necessary infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country, in consultation with all stake holders,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera said in a statement.
SIAM said the industry fully supports the ambitious aspiration of the Niti Aayog to bring in electric mobility in the country as soon as possible.
“However, the ambition needs to be tempered with a practical approach and what is possible without needlessly disrupting the automotive industry,” Wadhera cautioned.
The reactions come amid reports that the government plans to ban sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) three-wheelers by 2023 along with sales of less than 150 cc two-wheelers by 2025.
However, top government sources told CNBC-TV18 that no decision has been taken yet on deadline to phase out two and three wheelers.
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