Diwali discounts could help electric two-wheeler market cross 1 lakh mark


India's electric two-wheeler manufacturers are anticipating a cracking Diwali season, with sales expected to increase by 35-40 percent in November, which will surpass the previous peak of 1,05,000 units in May 2023.

The first half of the season has already witnessed a strong double-digit growth, with October 2023 sales closing at the 75,000 units sales mark, close to the highs seen by the industry when the subsidies were at their highest.

Company officials from Ola Electric confirmed that they expect a 35-40 percent increase in sales in November, leading up to December, slated to breach an earlier high of 28,276 units in May 2023. To bolster sales, it is providing benefits of up to Rs 24,500 on its product range.

During a recent analyst call, KN Radhakrishnan, director and CEO of TVS Motor, stated that on the back of strong demand, the company has increased production of its iQube electric scooter to 25,000 units per month and plans to debut a line of products ranging from 5kW to 25kW over the next year. “TVS anticipates that electric two-wheeler penetration will rise to 20-25 percent over the next three years," Radhakrishnan said.

As part of its celebrations, TVS iQube, which has commanded a 24 percent market share in the last few months, is offering a Rs 10,000 discount, including a cashback of Rs 7,500, as part of its festive benefits.

Ather Energy, like TVS, is offering festive benefits including cash and corporate discounts on the 450X and 450S e-scooters. Customers looking to switch from petrol to electric scooters are being offered an exchange value of up to Rs 40,000 on both these models.

Ather Energy's chief business officer Ravneet S Phokela said he expects the market to "return to pre-subsidy levels by the end of the festive season." Sales before the FAME-2 subsidy was cut were at 1,05,000 units, as per Vahan data. Hero MotoCorp’s Vida, which was averaging less than 1,000 units in the first nine months of the current calendar year, has seen its sales more than triple during the Navratri and Dussehra season from 532 units in September 2023 to 1,914 units in October 2023.

Greaves Cotton-backed Ampere, likewise, is banking on the festive season to boost its sales, which have grown from 1,500-2,000 units in June-July, due to the reduction of FAME subsidy, to 4,169 units in October, as per Vahan data. As part of its festive offers, Greaves is offering cash discounts of up to Rs 6,000 on the Magnus EX and Rs 10,000 on the Primus range of electric scooters.

Sanjay Behl, CEO and executive sirector of Greaves Electric Mobility, told our sister publication Autocar Professional, “We remain optimistic that the current festive season will herald a ‘resilient rebound’ [on the back of FAME II subsidies] and the market is poised to achieve new heights."

EV sales at 6,89,948 units in the first 10 months of 2023 are 42 percent higher than the same period in 2022. This year's retail sales at 6,88,442 units have topped 6,31,174 units sold in 2022, according to the Vahan portal.


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