Currently, India is the world’s largest market for motorcycles, with some 21 million motorcycles and scooters sold from 2018 to March 31, 2019, compared to 3.3 million cars and other vehicles. However, a draft proposal from policy think tank Niti Aayog might see only electric motorcycle and scooters in the 150 cc and below class allowed to be sold in the sub-continent by April 2025.

This is a measure to cut down on pollutants and improve on energy consumption efficiency said Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant, who proposed a similar measure for three-wheelers which are ubiquitous on Indian roads as public transport and utility vehicles. The proposed implementation date for electric only three-wheelers in India is April 2023.

A similar proposal is being forwarded for delivery vehicles and school buses, although reception from India’s automotive industry has been lukewarm, with most manufacturers expecting government incentives and subsidies for such energy saving measures reports Reuters.

Electric vehicles of all types make up less than 1% of the traffic population in India, with the government expecting that number to rise to 15% in five years time. If accepted, the proposal includes incentives for the sale and manufacture of electric motorcycles and scooters while applying penalties for petrol driven models.