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Hero, Bajaj and TVS hit out against Niti Aayog’s proposal for only electric two-wheelers from 2025: report

Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors, India’s biggest two-wheeler manufacturers, have hit out against Niti Aayog’s proposal that all scooters and motorbikes with an engine capacity of more than 150cc must run on electric power from 2025, reports the Financial Express. TVS argued that the transition from conventional to electric two-wheelers is “not like Aadhaar, not software and print cards” since it will require migration to a completely new supply chain. Meanwhile, Hero MotoCorp said that Niti Aayog’s approach to electrification of two wheelers was “deeply concerning” and could potentially “jeopardise the industry”. Bajaj Auto said that such a transition was “completely uncalled for”. MediaNama has reached out to Hero MotorCorp, Bajaj Auto, Ather and Okinawa for comment. TVS has refused to comment on the development. "The kind of participation that we had from the industry goes to show how forward thinking we are unlike many western countries where electric has been vehemently opposed by legacy players," Ather said in their reply to an email from MediaNama. Ather is among the few Indian companies that manufacture only electric two-wheelers. Manufacturers’ arguments against Niti Aayog’s approach Hero: Ideal to have a healthy mix of policy and a phased approach Hero said that Niti Aayog’s move comes at a time when two-wheelers manufactured in India will have the cleanest emissions in the world, referring to the BS VI norms, which kick in next April. The firm argued that it would be better to have a healthy mix of policy, market dynamics and…

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