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India wants to switch to electric transport. Scooters with ICE will be banned?

India can be called the world leader inthe use of two-wheeled vehicles - while in other countries people mostly drive cars, the cities of South Asia are crowded with scooters and motorcycles. The authorities of the country realize that they are lagging far behind in the segment of electrification of transport, therefore for several years they have been trying to persuade manufacturers of equipment to switch to electric motors. The first attempt was made in 2017, but now the authorities are more determined - the companies have been given only two weeks to develop a plan for the electrification of scooters and motorcycles.

According to the World Bank, lives in Indiaabout 1.3 billion people. Most of them, about 21 million people, own scooters and motorcycles, while only 3.3 million drivers drive cars. The most popular, oddly enough, is the familiar technique with internal combustion engines, but people are not interested in electric scooters and motorcycles - in 2018 only 126 thousand of them were sold.

Electric motorcycles - soon in India

In developing an electrification plan, a big roleplays the analytical center of India. Its representatives recommend a ban on the use of two-wheeled vehicles with internal combustion engines of more than 150 cc - if people want more powerful vehicles, they will be forced to buy a scooter or a motorcycle with an electric motor.

Earlier, the authorities also wanted to give benefits and discountsfor producers and buyers of environmentally friendly transport, and the supporters of the internal combustion engine, on the contrary, impose high tax rates. There is also the idea to force Uber and similar services to update the state of their cars so that 40% of them are electric.

Pluses of electric transport

It is believed that increasing the amount of electrictransport, the country will be able to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere and get rid of dependence on fossil fuels. However, manufacturers of equipment put forward counter-arguments, warning that a sharp transition from ICE to electric motors could lead to the loss of India’s leadership in the production of scooters and motorcycles. To avoid this, they need to establish supply chains, build charging stations and improve the skills of workers. It is logical to assume that it takes quite a lot of time.

If the ideas are implemented, then the numberelectric transport in India will increase from 1% to 15%. Big companies like Yamaha and Suzuki are already planning to launch an exclusive electric motorcycle line in India. Electric motorcycles themselves are far from uncommon - even a giant like Harley-Davidson will release its version, and you can read about it right now in our material.

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