The panel has sought to allow sale of only electric two-wheelers (with engine capacity up to 150cc) and electric three-wheelers from 2025.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a CII event, Gadkari said, “The government does not want to shut any industry, but wants to help them. We want to connect private sector in all our projects to increase our growth rate. However, some changes will be needed… to reduce pollution… in view of national interest.” He added that some in the industry would need to make some changes and the government is assessing these requirements. The minister assured the industry leaders that any decision in the matter will be taken only after consulting them. Sources said the consultation process would start soon.
TOI on May 23 had first reported NITI Aayog-led panel’s recommendation to mandate sale of only electric three-wheelers from April 2023 and electric motorcycles from April 2025. The automobile industry has been demanding that the transition shouldn’t be forced. Urging the industry to join hands in bringing innovative ways of financing, Gadkari said there was no “trust deficit” between industry and the government.