Maharashtra leads India with over 3 lakh e-bikes, 40k registered in the last 50 days
More and more people in Maharashtra are buying electric bikes. On Monday, the state had 3 lakh electric bikes, the most in India. In the last 50 days, 40,000 new electric bikes were added.
Maharashtra is ahead of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which have 2.4 lakh and 1.7 lakh electric bikes, respectively. Experts said that this is a good sign because people are using clean fuel instead of petrol or diesel.
There are many types of electric bikes on the market, with different features and prices. Some of them are very expensive—more than one lakh rupees. With Diwali coming soon, sellers said that they will sell more electric bikes this month.
Many people have booked electric bikes for Dhanteras, which is on Friday. They want to get their new bikes on that day. In Mumbai, there are more than 18,000 electric bikes already.
A transport officer said that Maharashtra has more electric vehicles (EVs) than other states, not only bikes but also cars and buses. He said that the number of EVs will grow by 50% in 2023, compared to 2022.
An EV expert said that the government should keep incentivizing people who buy EVs so that more people will buy them.
For safety, all EV makers have improved their quality checks. In Mumbai, there are strict rules for electric bike charging points, to avoid any accidents.
Some people were worried about safety because electric bike batteries caught fire in some parts of India in 2022. The central government has now asked the EV makers to follow quality standards. The transport data shows that Mumbai’s EVs have increased a lot in five years, from 311 in 2019 to 30,127 now.
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