Surat Based Startup Coming Up With Commander India’s First Classic Bike, Suitable For All Age Groups

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Welcome to this interview about the electric vehicle market in India. Today, we will be discussing the current state of the electric vehicle market in India, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Indian government has set ambitious targets to have only electric vehicles on its roads by 2030. With the increasing awareness of environmental concerns and the rising costs of fossil fuels, the electric vehicle market in India has been gaining traction in recent years.

We have with us today an expert in the field – Tushar Chhabhaya, Director, Aarya Automobiles- who will provide valuable insights into the current scenario and future prospects of the electric vehicle market in India.

Mr. Tushar I would kike to ask you at what pace the industry is moving forward and how do you see the future of EV sector.
India is at a top position in the manufacturing segment in terms of two-wheelers and if you see that India’s market is actually two million vehicles per month which gradually going to be replaced with electric ones. The Chandigarh Government has announced to put a stop to the registration of non-electric vehicles from 10th February which indicates that the government is pushing the electric vehicle sector towards growth and advancement. We know that two million vehicles per month is a very big market and switching to electric vehicles for about 25-50% will be a big number. This is expanding very quickly and in a good way.


Tell us about the new product that you are coming up with.
Yes, I would like to tell that the brand is Aarya and the product is an electric bike Commander. It is India’s first classic bike, also there are so many electric vehicle brands available in the market but majority of them are scooters. Electric Bikes are very few and mostly are in sporty look which is not suitable for all age groups so this aspect we kept in mind while developing Commander. Classic Bikes are the first preference of the Indian population as these are suitable for everyone. In the whole market ratio of two-wheelers around 65-70% is bikes whereas 30-35% is scooters. People are more interested in bikes.


What is the USP of Commander and how will it compete with similar existing brands.

I would like to tell that it will be a combination of need and choice. Generally, whenever consumers go to the market to buy a vehicle they prefer economical and rather have to compromise on features or financially strong can go for look, features as they will not prefer economical vehicle. They have to choose either a need or a choice. Here we have tried to combine both things. It will be pocket-friendly for consumers and we have worked to give a rich look in Commander. Like there is Royal Enfield in the market which is also a classic bike that is suitable for Indians.

Nowadays, we have seen so many cases of car catching fire so, as far as safety is concerned what is your take on that.

Safety concern is not just only about us there are two parties involved that is us and the Government. The Government has been active and working very effectively. As I told you earlier that the Government has introduced so many new norms related to safety, quality. Earlier there were no defined rules for battery. People used to compromise on quality as lithium is inflammable so we need to work for the safety of the public. Initially, when LPG, CNG were introduced so at that time also such incidents occurred later actions were taken, things were corrected and brought into safety parameters which lead to a decline in the number of cases. Similarly, with lithium our batteries undergo quality parameters and move further. The QC Department is strong as we do not want to take any chance.

Charging Infrastructure has been in talks these days. What would you like to say about battery swapping and battery charging for bikes.

Battery Swapping will be a huge challenge. There are so many brands for batteries with unique designs, specifications and specialties. First of all, battery swapping stations will be exciting. Looking at things directly seems easy but the execution part is arduous and it is quite expensive as you know the cost of battery is high and you will have to utilize a good number of batteries. If we consider all the factors then it is expensive. The challenge with charging stations is that it takes time and generally people do not have 2-3 hours for charging. Technology is advancing in terms of battery wherein it gets charged in 15-20 minutes. Once it gets done then the battery charging station solution will be more convenient and comfortable for the consumers.


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