November saw a notable increase in the number of two-wheeler registrations for electric vehicles (EVs) in India. Registrations surpassed 85,000 units, indicating a strong demand for electric two-wheelers, especially during the holiday season, with a month-over-month (MoM) growth of 14%.
Credits: HT Auto
Ola Electric Leads the Charge:
Bhavish Aggarwal’s Ola Electric became a dominant force in the electric two-wheeler industry. The company’s remarkable achievement was aided by its proactive strategy of broadening its range of products and introducing the S1X, the newest model, in three variations. Ola Electric’s total number of registered vehicles was 23,821 in October. The company’s growth was further accelerated with the launch of its e-scooter-based bike taxi services in Bengaluru.
Impact Analysis: Ola Electric’s success is indicative of the increasing consumer acceptance of electric two-wheelers. The company’s diversified product portfolio and innovative services like bike taxis suggest a forward-looking strategy that aligns with the evolving preferences of consumers.
TVS Motor and Bajaj Auto:
TVS Motor retained its position as the second-largest player in terms of electric two-wheeler registrations, with a 9% growth to 17,962 units in November. Bajaj Auto, a stalwart in the Indian automotive industry, recorded a substantial 23% MoM increase in escooter sales, reaching 11,190 units. This surge in demand allowed Bajaj Auto to surpass the registration numbers of Ather Energy for both October and November.
Impact Analysis: The strong performances by TVS Motor and Bajaj Auto signify the adaptation of established automotive giants to the evolving market demands. Their success in the EV segment complements their growth across internal combustion engine (ICE) and EV categories during the festive season.
Ather Energy’s Resilience:
Ather Energy, a key player in the EV startup landscape, demonstrated resilience with a 5.6% MoM growth in escooter registrations, reaching 8,886 units in November. The company has been actively diversifying its product offerings, with plans to launch a ‘family escooter’ in 2024.
Impact Analysis: Ather Energy’s consistent growth, even in the face of increased competition, highlights the importance of innovation and product diversification in sustaining market presence. The planned introduction of a family-oriented electric scooter suggests a strategic approach to capturing diverse consumer segments.
Hero MotoCorp’s Ascendance:
Hero MotoCorp, a traditional automotive giant, has been steadily climbing the rankings for two-wheeler EV registrations. In November, the company experienced a remarkable 52% MoM surge, reaching 2,946 units. This comes after a sharper jump of over 200% in the previous month.
Impact Analysis: Hero MotoCorp’s ascent in the electric two-wheeler market signals the potential for established players to pivot successfully towards electric mobility. Their substantial growth in registrations indicates a positive response from consumers to their electric offerings.
Other Players and Market Dynamics:
There’s a fall in the number of registrations for various other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) while legacy firms like TVS Motor and Bajaj Auto consolidate their position. On the other hand, businesses like PureEV, Hero Electric, Okinawa Autotech, and others saw an increase in registrations during the holiday season.
Impact Analysis: The varied performance of different players underscores the competitive nature of the electric two-wheeler market. While established names thrive, the festive season appears to have provided an opportunity for some smaller players to regain traction.
Overall Market Growth:
The collective electric vehicle registrations in India, across all categories, stood at an impressive 1,43,325 units in November, reflecting a year-on-year jump of over 36%.
Impact Analysis: The robust growth in overall EV registrations indicates a shifting paradigm in consumer preferences towards sustainable and eco-friendly mobility solutions. The surge in electric two-wheeler registrations is a promising sign for the broader adoption of electric vehicles in the country.
The sharp increase in electric two-wheeler registrations in India in November is indicative of a dynamic market in which forward-thinking startups and established automakers alike are making substantial progress. The future of electric mobility in the nation appears bright thanks to Ola Electric’s leadership, the tenacity of competitors like Ather Energy, and the rise of well-established businesses like Hero MotoCorp. As the sector develops further, these advancements have an influence that extends beyond market share and helps create a future that is more ecologically conscious and sustainable.