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Ola, Ather, Tata, and more: Top 10 Indian companies facilitating EV transition in India – Times Now

26 January marks the day when India became a republic; the constitution of India came into effect on this day, making India a sovereign country in a true sense. The constitution granted fundamental rights, duties, directives, and more, helping India forge its way as one of the most important global economies. Since 1950, India has come a long way in various fields, including the automobile industry, where ours is one of the largest and most important markets in the world. And this auto market is on the cusp of a change — a transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles in an effort to embrace cleaner mobility. Interestingly, this transition to EVs is being spearheaded by Indian companies. And just a day ahead of Republic Day 2022, let’s take a look at the top 10 Indian companies that are facilitating the switch from ICE vehicles to electric cars and electric two-wheelers. 
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Ather Energy has become one of the most important electric two-wheeler makers in the country. It came in at a time when most electric scooters in India were plagued with issues like onboard features, reliability, and performance. Ather came up with electric scooters that set the standard high and encouraged other EV makers to innovate and push the envelope. Its flagship electric scooter — 450X — is one of the most feature-rich electric scooters in the country and offers a true riding range of around 85 km on a single charge. 
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Bajaj Auto was the first conventional Indian two-wheeler maker to jump on the EV bandwagon in India with Chetak Electric. And while the Chetak may not be the segment leader in terms of sales, it has definitely marked a new beginning for the Indian two-wheeler. Going forward, Bajaj Auto plans to invest ₹300 crore to make an EV plant that will have an annual capacity of 5 lakh electric vehicles. It will also allocate resources to dedicatedly focus on creating EV solutions.
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TVS is also one of those few conventional Indian two-wheeler makers that have entered the EV space in India. Besides TVS iQube which was launched here in 2020, TVS intends to launch several electric two-wheelers in India. The company will also co-develop electric vehicle platforms with BMW Motorrad and develop an electric scooter for the German two-wheeler maker.  
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Ola is one of those companies that have given a significant impetus to the electric mobility space in the country. The company launched S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters here in August last year and have racked up significant number of orders from different parts of the country. Ola’s electric scooters are being loved for the wide array of onboard gadgetry, performance, and a riding range of up to 181 km per charge. Besides launching scooters, Ola has also developed one of the largest two-wheeler factories in the world.
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Simple Energy launched Simple One electric in August and the e-scooter claims a riding range of 236 km/charge, more than any other scooter in the country. The Simple One costs ₹1.1 lakh (ex-showroom) and comes with features such as a seven-inch touchscreen, in-built navigation, tyre pressure monitoring system, etc. The company has also signed an MOU with the Tamil Nadu government for making the world’s largest two-wheeler factory.
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Tata Motors is currently the leader in the electric car segment in India. With Tigor EV and Nexon EV in its lineup, the company commands a majority share in the Indian electric car segment. The company also has Xpres-T electric sedan for the commercial segment. Going forward, the company is considering offering electric cars like Tiago EV, Altroz EV, etc. 
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Mahindra currently has e-Verito electric car in its lineup that is available for commercial as well as personal use. But the Indian company has other electric cars like eKUV100, eXUV300, etc. in the pipeline. Mahindra Group recently also joined hands with Hero Electric to manufacture Hero Optima and NYX electric scooters at its Pithampur plant. Hero, in return, will help Mahindra with the electrification of Peugeot Motorcycles for the European market. However, we do believe that Mahindra has plans of introducing Peugeot electric two-wheelers in India in a few years.
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Hero Electric was the biggest electric two-wheeler maker in India last year in the terms of sales. Going forward, the company intends to expand its range of electric two-wheelers and intends to manufacture over 10 lakh EVs per year. The company has a wide range of slow-speed and high-speed electric scooters in India and is also planning to add an electric motorcycle — AE-47 — in India. This electric bike was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. 
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Hero MotoCorp is the largest two-wheeler in India but has not yet jumped on the EV bandwagon. Yes, the company does have a sizeable investment in Ather Energy but it is yet to add a dedicated EV to its own lineup. However, that will change this year as Hero MotoCorp plans to enter the electric two-wheeler space in India this year, probably by March 2022. The company had teased its first e-scooter last year and has also registered a trademark for ‘Vida’ brand that is likely to be Hero MotoCorp’s EV arm in India.
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Okinawa was the second best-selling electric two-wheeler brand in India last year and recently achieved the 1 lakh sales milestone in India recently. The Indian company currently has a range of slow-speed and high-speed electric scooters in India that offer riding range of up to 139 km/charge.
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