A new category of vehicle is set to hit the Indian roads soon, which can be used interchangeably both as a two-wheeler and three-wheeler. Paving the way for manufacturing of such "combo" vehicles, the road transport ministry has hosted a draft Automobile Industry Standard (AIS) for their type approval requirement on its website and has sought comments from stakeholders.
Any vehicle model can be manufactured for sale and registration only after it gets type approval from the government recognised vehicle testing agencies.
In February 2020, India's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp had showcased a concept vehicle "Quark 1", which could be similar to the proposed "vehicle of category L2-5 of Electric Power Train", for which the draft AIS norms have been published. Sources said once the AIS norm is notified, any automobile company can manufacture such vehicles.
These vehicles would meet dual requirements of a two-wheeler and three-wheeler and can be used either for personal or commercial purpose, sources said. According to the draft notification, the combo vehicles would be electric ones. Though it's a detachable combination of a two- and three-wheeler, there would be one single registration number for both the vehicles.