The Ministry of Transport and Highways under Nitin Gadkari is planning to ban the sale of all petrol powered two and three wheelers which are below 150cc in the country by 2025. Instead, the government is planning to sell only electric three-wheelers from April 2023 and electric two-wheelers under 150cc from April 2025 onwards. The steps will be taken to reduce rising pollution levels in India.
The new proposal suggests that the bikemakers should manufacture petrol-powered two-wheelers only with over-150cc of displacement while anything below that should have electric propulsion.
This will prevent the bikemakers from manufacturing combustion two-wheelers below-150cc from April 2025. However, the two-wheelers that are registered before the said year will be allowed to be used, as per the reports. The aim of this proposal is to encourage the production and change-over of electric two-wheelers thereby reducing carbon footprint.
The Indian government is already pushing its efforts of encouraging the production of electric two-wheelers by providing subsidy benefits. After the FAME II (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric vehicles) being operational, electric two-wheeler start-ups such as Ather Energy and Okinawa have reaped the benefits in the form of subsidies which reduced the prices of their E-scooters.