Auto-component industry seeks ‘pragmatic’ EV transition
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.