95 percent electric two wheelers will not avail FAME II subsidy: Study

In what comes as a stunning revelation for the Indian electrical two-wheeler market, the stringent eligibility standards for the much-anticipated FAME II scheme will see round 95 % of the prevailing electrical two wheelers lacking the subsidy, based on a report by analysis home CRISIL.

On March 28, 2019, the Ministry of Heavy Business and Public Enterprise issued a notification, which laid out the eligibility standards for electrical buses, passenger autos, three- and two-wheelers to avail of the FAME-II incentives. The standards primarily based on minimal prime pace, minimal vary per cost, minimal acceleration and vitality consumption effectivity of electrical autos (EVs). It has additionally mandated that each one EVs besides e-rickshaws and e-carts ought to have regenerative braking functionality to be eligible for incentive.

Curiously, the report discovered that round 90 % of the autos that availed of incentives below the FAME I scheme, which was operational between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2019, had been electrical scooters.

CRISIL’s evaluation of the product portfolio of varied EV producers signifies that the electrical two-wheeler phase could be impacted probably the most by FAME-II guidelines, estimating that greater than 95 % of the electrical two-wheeler fashions being produced now gained’t be eligible for incentive below FAME-II.

Whereas the part two of FAME scheme sees a leap in complete allocation to Rs 10,000 crore (FAME I – Rs 895 crore) and seeks to supply incentives to 15,62,zero90 autos, together with 10,00,000 electrical two-wheelers, the advantages of incentives will likely be prolonged to solely these autos which can be fitted with a complicated battery, like a Lithium-Ion battery, and different new know-how batteries. That is completed in an effort to encourage advance applied sciences.

The CRISIL report observes that up till September 2018, round 90 % of the beneficiaries below FAME-I had been lead-acid powered electrical scooters. Furthermore, below FAME-I, incentive was supplied to all battery powered autos together with those who run on lead acid batteries.

The scooters with lead-acid batteries had been priced beneath Rs 50,000 (after together with the FAME-I incentive of  round Rs 9,000), far cheaper than their lithium-ion battery-driven counterparts, which value round Rs 70,000 after incentive. Due to their decrease upfront value and removable batteries electrical scooter gross sales in India doubled to almost 55,000 models in fiscal 2018, based on Society of Producers of Electrical Autos knowledge.

Stringent eligibility standards below FAME-II catches automakers off-guard

Other than excluding lead-acid battery-powered two-wheelers, the newest eligibility standards mandates that electrical scooters must have a minimal vary of 80km per cost and minimal prime pace of 40kph, together with provisions on vitality consumption effectivity, minimal acceleration and better variety of charging cycles. This additional excludes greater than 90 % of the remaining lithium-ion battery-driven fashions from the subsidy, the report noticed.

CRISIL says EV makers have been caught off-guard by the stringent eligibility standards leaving them no time to evolve. They’re anticipated to extend the battery dimension of their choices for increased vary and pace, enhance battery know-how for extra charging cycles and likewise set up electrical regenerative breaking know-how of their two-wheelers as a way to be eligible for the incentives.

Furthermore, the requirement of 50 % localisation in manufacturing can be anticipated to be a hurdle for a lot of automakers, based on CRISIL. And going forward, upgrading merchandise would improve the prices for electrical scooters, which might harm demand. Electrical two-wheeler makers are anticipated to take time to give you new fashions eligible for FAME-II demand incentive together with the required degree of  ocalization. It might occur solely after they make adjustments in manufacturing and exhaust stock of autos that aren’t eligible for subsidy. 

Electrical two-wheeler incentives diminished


Earlier, the inducement for lithium-ion battery-based two-wheelers stood at Rs 17,000 or Rs 22,000, primarily based on the gas financial savings potential and regardless of the dimensions of the battery. With FAME-II linking the demand incentive to the dimensions of the battery, the federal government is offering Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery used for a two-wheeler. The common dimension of a lithium-ion battery in electrical scooters offered throughout FAME-I used to be round 1.5kWh (common subsidy of round Rs 15,000 per automobile), which suggests the common subsidy per automobile availed below FAME II will likely be diminished by Rs 2,000 to Rs 7,000.

CRISIL finds that the e-scooter business would see turbulence within the preliminary part of the FAME-II. Within the close to time period, liquidating stock would necessitate increased reductions to offset the dearth of subsidy. EV makers would then consider localisation and constructing provide chains alongside product growth to give you new fashions. They’ve additionally requested the federal government to re-consider the stringent norms, concludes the report. 

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