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The Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprise, through a notification on March 28, 2019, laid out the eligibility criteria for electric buses, passenger vehicles, 3- and 2-wheelers to avail of the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India’, or FAME-II, incentives.
The criteria is based on minimum top speed, minimum range per charge, minimum acceleration and energy consumption efficiency of electric vehicles (EVs). It has also mandated that all EVs except e-rickshaws and e-carts should have regenerative braking capability to be eligible for incentive.
Interestingly, ~90% of the vehicles that availed of incentives under the previous FAME I scheme, which was operational between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2019, were electric scooters.
Our assessment of the product portfolio of various EV manufacturers indicates that the electric 2-wheeler segment would be impacted the most by FAME-II rules. We believe more than 95% of the electric 2-wheeler models being produced now won’t be eligible for incentive under FAME-II.