Electric two-wheelers’ sales up by 132% in 2021

During the review period, total electric two wheelers’ sales, including high-speed and low-speed models, increased to 233,971 units, up from 100,736 in 2020

   

Two-wheeler (E2W) sales in India increased by 132 per cent in 2021 on a year-on-year basis, said the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV).

During the review period, total E2W sales, including high-speed and low-speed models, increased to 233,971 units, up from 100,736 in 2020. Customers have begun to shift in large numbers from petrol two-wheelers to electric ones, according to the industry body, due to attractive prices, lower operating costs, and lower maintenance. Furthermore, SMEV reported a 425 percent increase in high-speed E2Ws, which have speeds greater than 25 km/h and require a full licence.

At the same time, low-speed E2Ws grew only by 24 per cent.

The industry body said that low speed E2Ws has had negative growth in the last two quarters of 2021. Furthermore, the market share of the low-speed segment which used to be upwards of 70 per cent in all the previous years dipped to less than 15 per cent in the last quarter of Oct-Dec 2021.

Notably, the low-speed E2Ws are not subsidised under the ‘FAME 2’ policy that incentives only high-speed bikes based on their battery capacity which has made the entry-level high-speed E2Ws cheaper than many of the low-speed ones.

“We haven’t seen better days than the last few months in the entire EV journey. In the last 15 years, we collectively sold around 1 million e2w, e-three wheelers, e-cars, and e-buses, and we will most likely sell the same 1 million units in just one year beginning January 2022,” said SMEV Director-General Sohinder Gill.

“Going by the recent monthly trends, the next 12 months may see 5 to 6 times the growth over the previous 12 months.”