1 Mn E-2W Sales Target by March 2022 Under FAME-II ‘Nowhere in Sight’: SMEV

1 Mn E-2W Sales Target by March 2022 Under FAME-II ‘Nowhere in Sight’: SMEV

The ambitious target of generating a sale of 1 million E-2W by March 2022 under FAME-II is nowhere in sight, the SMEV has said.

With just 25,735 units of high-speed electric two-wheelers (E-2W) sold in 2020, the ambitious target of generating a sale of 1 million such vehicles by March 2022 under FAME-II is nowhere in sight, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has said.

According to the SMEV, the sales of high-speed electric two-wheelers, which qualify for incentives under the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) II scheme, in 2020 were down 5 percent from 27,224 units sold in 2019.

“While the E2W industry has been able to weather the Covid-19 pandemic by sales of high-speed electric two-wheelers in the January to December 2020 period clocking 25,735 as against 27,224 units sold in the previous calendar year, the ambitious target of generating a sale of 1 million under FAME-II is nowhere in sight,” the SMEV said in a statement.

The SMEV said when the FAME-II scheme was launched in April 2019 the plan was to put at least 10 lakh high-speed electric two-wheelers on the road by March 2022. Stating that FAME-II has failed to pep up the sale of E2Ws, it said, “The actual cumulative sale since January 2019 has been 52,959, however, sale under the scheme has remained only 31,813 units.”

In October, the association had detailed how the electric two-wheeler industry is showing signs of recovery in September after the first half of the year failed to cross even the 10,000 unit sales mark during the April-September period. About 7,552 high-speed electric two-wheelers were sold between April and September, according to data from SMEV. This does not include the sale of low-speed two-wheelers that do not require registration. This low number was lower by a quarter compared to last year because of the disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic even after double-digit growth during August and September.

Commenting on the situation, SMEV Director General Sohinder Gill said, “the FAME-II scheme had some good points and laudable objectives but came with so many strings attached, most of them introduced prematurely or unnecessarily, that lead to the achievement of only 4 percent of the stated targets.”

The scheme could not attract the customers to shift from the polluting petrol bikes to electric two-wheelers, mainly because the preconditions and qualification criteria of FAME-II made the bikes unaffordable to the mass market customer despite the subsidy, he added.

Gill, however, said, “despite the setback, the E2W industry is seeing a positive sentiment and a very high level of interest from the customers and if FAME-II is rejigged to remove the needless handicaps, the adoption can grow exponentially in a short time, that could not only help achieve the stated objective, it can also catalyse major investments into “Made in India” products and locally sourced components.”

He urged the government to come up with corrective measures that would help the industry to achieve the envisaged target of 1 million electric two-wheelers.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.