Hero Electric expects sales spike of 2 crore bikes & scooters in India post COVID-19 lockdown

In view of the World Earth Day, Hero Electric MD Mr Naveen Munjal and CEO Mr Sohinder Gill had released messages for the public.

Along with the message, the company said that it was expecting a significant increase in the number of vehicles on the road post the lockdown, linked to the fear of public transportation. It says about 20 million two-wheelers and 3 million four-wheelers will be added to Indian roads after the lockdown, and is encouraging motorists to switch to electric vehicles to reduce contribution of greenhouse gases to the pollution level and maintain sustainable a environment to protect the health of the public.

Hello Friends, Hope you are safe and doing well in these unforeseen and unprecedented times. Today is World Earth Day and I felt this is an opportune time for all of us together to create a better future. It has been sometime since India went into a lockdown following the impact of coronavirus. While we have been worried about the collective health and wellbeing of people during this pandemic, our environment has been silently healing itself. And this is the moment to notice the change for the better. The air has never been cleaner, the stars never brighter and the sounds of the birds chirping never sweeter.

With COVID-19, the idea of clean energy alternatives has become more mainstream and critical than ever. It is time we realize we need to be environment conscious through our behaviour and life choices. Let us all pledge to be the change-makers who will inspire fresh beginning towards attaining a safe, sustainable future by switching to electric mobility. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe passage through these troubled times. Take care and stay safe.

Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric

Today we are living in a chartered territory as the impact of COVID-19 has changed the way we live and the way we work. While the unfortunate crisis has inflicted substantial economic losses and social shocks, as global production, consumption and employment levels have dropped so significantly, it has also triggered significant reductions in air pollution and greenhouse emissions. If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be the taste of the dramatically improved air quality that we are breathing nowadays.

The few days of absence of polluting vehicles have also had a very pleasing effect on the cleaner skies, nature bouncing back, stars in the sky in the night and real birds chirping. From cleaner air to liberated wildlife, coronavirus lockdown across the world appears to have had several positive effects and taught us many a lesson. By turning off major air pollution sources in the industry and transport sector, perhaps we are conducting the largest ever global air pollution experiment, which can teach us many things, which can help us cure respiratory illnesses born out of air pollution. The Air Quality Index sank to as low as 93 last month and it was 161 in March, and much higher in winter. That’s the pure indication of what could be achieved permanently for air quality if we allow it to happen, if we start using more of electric vehicles and start phasing out ICE vehicles.

The pandemic is showing us the teaser of how the future might look with less air pollution. It has been an eye-opener and shown us how the Mother Earth can bounce to life if we allow for it. At the very least, it’s time to challenge ourselves and switch to electric vehicles to hold on to the temporary gain we have achieved for ourselves. We as a country, we as a family, we as a society and we as an individual need to stand together, need to take a vow and help cure the vagaries of nature that we have inflicted upon ourselves. We have to clean the Mother Earth.

As pioneers of electric mobility in India, our mission is always no emission transport for all. Come and join me in standing together to bring positive changes in the environment where we live in and breathe in. It’s time for us to stand in this together and come out stronger than ever. Till then, stay home, stay safe and take care.

Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric