Indian roads set to witness an electric change



‘The Next India: Electric Two-Wheelers Are Coming.’


The headline of a 60-page Morgan Stanley report published in June of 2019 was slightly ahead of its time. Covid-19 struck and delayed many carefully laid out plans of electric vehicle makers. But, the shift towards battery-operated vehicles is inevitable.


Startup entrepreneur and Ola Cabs cofounder Bhavish Aggarwal is preparing for a big splash with his e-scooter, as he takes another step towards realizing his king-sized dream project to make electric vehicles. With petrol topping `100 a liter and diesel slightly below that, Indians in need of mobility are looking for an alternative. A few progressive state governments, and the Centre, have introduced new schemes to make EVs more affordable and enable price parity with vehicles powered by fossil fuels.


There is also a push by governments, global financiers and customers towards cleaner energy and transport that no large business can resist.


Mahindra & Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra’s speech at the automaker’s recent AGM suggested that Indian corporate boardrooms were trying to stay in step with this growing impetus towards having a better social and environmental impact.


“This is not just altruistic thinking — it's good business. There is a quiet revolution taking place in the business world,” he told fellow shareholders.


For sure, it is the two-wheeler market that will lead the shift towards EVs. Morgan Stanley predicted a 40% market penetration by electric two-wheelers by 2030.


Source: https://www.indiaitaly.com/post/indian-roads-set-to-witness-an-electric-change

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