Haima Automobile India Debut Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

China-based auto manufacturer Haima Automobile's arrival into the Indian market has been delayed. There are several reasons behind the delay, chief among which is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

According to the latest reports from ET Auto, the timelines have been moved further because of the pandemic. Also, the current tension between the nations due do the recent attacks in Galwan Valley has rising anti-China sentiments, which is also one among the many reasons behind the debut.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

Haima looks to enter into the Indian market by partnering with Bird Electric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delhi-based Bird Group. Both brands entered into a technical collaboration to introduces affordable electric four-wheeler in the country. Both brands were present at the 2020 Auto Expo and showcased its first electric hatchback called the EV1 which is expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakh.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

Speaking about the current delay, Ankur Bhatia, Director, Brid Electric stated that the design phase of the upcoming electric hatchback has been delayed due to the countrywide lockdown. The restricted movement has further added to the delay in finalizing the design for the electric car as people could not travel across countries.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

He further stated that, when the design phase reaches the final stage, the company will have a clear idea about the next steps and aims to make some substantial progress towards the upcoming electric hatchback. Mr Bhatia is also confident about meeting the launch timeline for the electric car and make the car commercially available.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

The ongoing Cornoavirus pandemic and the current tension between the two nations has resulted in a delay for many of the Chinese automakers looking to enter the India market. Alongside Haima, another Chinese based automobile manufacturer Changan's entry into the Indian market has also been delayed — here are more details.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

In related news, the Maharashtra government has put a hold on a couple of Chinese projects due to the current condition between the two nations. These include companies such as the GWM automotive, PMI Electro Mobility, and Hengli Engineering all of which were part of the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0' initiative taken by the government — here are all details.

Haima Automobile India Entry Delayed: Bird Electric EV1 Launch Could Be Postponed

Thoughts About The Haima Automobile's India Debut Delayed

Chinese manufactures in the country are facing a major crisis in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent attacks on Indian soil. There is a rising movement to boycott China-based products in the country. These are some of the primary reasons behind the delay to enter the Indian market.

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Article Published On: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 17:24 [IST]
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