Government EV targets should be practical, says SIAM

The apex body of automobile manufacturers SIAM has urged the government to have a practical and pragmatic approach in promoting e-mobility in the country. “ The ambition needs to be tempered with a practical approach and what is possible without needlessly disrupting the automotive industry,” cautioned Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM.

The association has cited a host of challenges which the manufacturers have to fix in the near run. This includes leapfrogging to BS VI emission norms, complying with many new safety norms etc., in the shortest time-frame ever attempted in the world. “This is engaging the focused attention of the industry and involving huge investments of the order of Rs. 70,000-80,000 crores. Even before this investment is recovered, as per media reports, Government is proposing to ban sales of ICE based three wheelers within a short time frame of 2023 and to ban sales of less than 150 cc 2 wheelers by 2025. This seems to be impractical as well as untimely,” Wadhera said.

Given the current challenges in hand, SIAM President has urged creating a well laid out roadmap for an ambitious EV rollout over a practical timeframe along with an integrated plan for setting up the necessary infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country, in consultation with all stakeholders.

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