Auto-com­po­nent in­dus­try seeks ‘prag­matic’ EV tran­si­tion

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

The Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nent Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ACMA) said on Tues­day that the gov­ern­ment should adopt a prag­matic ap­proach to cre­ate a sta­ble and long-term road map for a smooth tran­si­tion to elec­tric mo­bil­ity. The in­dus­try body’s com­ments come in re­sponse to some me­dia re­ports that the gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing a pro­posal to ban sale of in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine (ICE)-based three-wheel­ers by 2023, and two-wheel­ers be­low 150 cc by 2025.

“Whilst the auto com­po­nent in­dus­try whole-heart­edly sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s in­tent of ush­er­ing in e-mo­bil­ity and has al­ready started to pre­pare for it, a 100 per cent tran­si­tion in the next few years would trans­late into dec­i­mat­ing the ex­ist­ing vi­brant eco-sys­tem of this unique in­dus­try,” ACMA Pres­i­dent Ram Venkatara­mani said in a state­ment.

Un­due haste with­out giv­ing ad­e­quate con­sid­er­a­tion for lo­cal­i­sa­tion, could lead to ris­ing im­ports, a phe­nom­e­non al­ready rapidly gain­ing ground with the in­creas­ing elec­tronic con­tent in ve­hi­cles, he cau­tioned. “There­fore, a prag­matic ap­proach for the gov­ern­ment would be to cre­ate a sta­ble, long-term road map in con­sul­ta­tion with the in­dus­try to en­sure a smooth evo­lu­tion rather than a dis­rup­tion,” Venkatara­mani said.

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