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EV row: Japan's Honda to rethink India expansion & investments

EV row: Japans Honda to rethink India expansion & investments

New Delhi: Japanese two-wheeler major Honda Wednesday said it will have to reconsider its future investments in India given the uncertain situation after the government's reported plan to push for 100 per cent changeover of below-150cc bikes to electric by 2025, a top company official said.

The company, which is present in India through a wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) would, however, said it will continue with its ongoing production capacity expansion project at its Gujarat plant. Besides, two-wheeler major would also continue to invest in new models and technologies for the Indian market.

"We will continue to invest on new models, features, new technologies but production capacity needs to be reconsidered..additional investment is under consideration depending on the road map for the electric vehicles," HMSI President and CEO Minoru Kato told reporters here.

He was replying to a query whether the company would continue to invest beyond Gujarat plant, hire new people and invest more in the country.

When asked if the company is concerned about government's reported plan to push for changeover of less than 150 cc bikes into electric, Kato said the aim for conversion till 2025 is quite early and the proposal requires more deliberations.

"As far as Indian market is concerned we understand the government direction but on the other hand because of BS VI regulation, manufactures and many suppliers are making big investments. So, 2025 is too much early to changeover to 100 per cent in below 150 cc bikes," he noted.

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