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Why two wheels are better than four in India's electric vehicle push

• MIT Technology Review

EVs represent a tiny share of the nation's auto market, but efforts to electrify scooters and rickshaws may begin to change that. In early March, in the parking garage of a Bangalore office building, I hopped onto the back of an Ather 450, a slick electric two-wheeler with lime accents and a molded white body. It's among a handful of companies now working to expand India's nascent electric-vehicle industry, by delivering products designed for the particular quirks of the nation's transportation system. Two-wheelers make up nearly 80% of the traffic on India's roads, and relatively few people own their own vehicles otherwise, getting around instead with bicycles, trains, buses, auto rickshaws, and ride-hailing services. Introducing small and public electric vehicles provides the clearest path for India to cut the emissions, air pollution, and petroleum imports associated with its fast growing automotive industry, argued a report last year by NITI Aayog, a government thi