Move Sum­mit

In­dia’s elec­tric ve­hi­cle roadmap

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NITI Aayog or­gan­ised In­dia's first ever Global Move Sum­mit, where chief guest PM Naren­dra Modi spoke about the gov­ern­ment's elec­tric plan for the coun­try. Pratik Rak­shit re­ports




In the first week of Septem­ber, the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy think tank, NITI Aayog, or­gan­ised In­dia’s first ever Global MOVE Sum­mit to cre­ate aware­ness re­gard­ing the need of elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) and a vi­sion for fu­ture mo­bil­ity. Prime Min­is­ter Modi un­veiled a mo­bil­ity road map that seeks in­vest­ments in man­u­fac­tur­ing EVs and in­crease the use of pub­lic trans­port. Modi also an­nounced Cen­tre’s vi­sion for EVs and al­ter­nate fuel tech­nol­ogy which will give boost to the e-mo­bil­ity. The event also saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from Anand Mahin­dra, chair­man, Mahin­dra, Osamu Suzuki, chair­man, Suzuki, Takeshi Uchiya­mada, chair­man, Toy­ota Mo­tor and Ul­rich Spiesshofer, chief ex­ec­u­tive, ABB.

Mahin­dra show­cased its lat­est elec­tric ve­hi­cles, the lithium-ion bat­tery pow­ered elec­tric three-wheel­ers, Treo and Treo Yaari. These ve­hi­cles were also shown to the PM, and will be

avail­able for pur­chase in the com­ing months. South Korean gi­ant Hyundai, too, show­cased the Kona Elec­tric SUV and an­nounced its in­ten­tion to bring in EVs in the coun­try start­ing 2020. The new­est en­trant in the In­dian au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try, MG Mo­tors In­dia, SAIC’s fully owned sub­sidiary, also an­nounced its in­vest­ment of over $500 mil­lion in In­dia by 2020 and show­cased its e-RX5 elec­tric SUV. ABB Group, a Swiss-Swedish com­pany, show­cased the Terra HP fast-charg­ing sys­tem, which can power up a car for 200 km in just a sin­gle charge in less than 8 min­utes.

The In­dian au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try is one of the high­est con­trib­u­tor to the coun­try’s GDP and ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous car­mak­ers, the coun­try is per­fectly po­si­tioned to leapfrog the global economies in the mo­bil­ity space on the back of strong tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments. While it is im­por­tant for the in­dus­try to be sus­tain­able, the in­dus­try unan­i­mously agreed that fu­ture of clean and sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions lies in CESS i.e. Con­nected, Elec­tri­fied, Shared and Safe. Here’s hop­ing for an elec­tric fu­ture!

PM Naren­dra Modi un­veiled gov­ern­ment's roadmap for elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the coun­try and the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity. The roadmap is pre­pared by NITI Aayog and stresses on the need of al­ter­nate fu­els along with in­vest­ment for build­ing ecosys­tem for EVs

1. Hyundai show­cased its Kona elec­tric SUV, which will most likely come to In­dia by 2019. 2. Mahin­dra show­cased its new elec­tric three-wheeler at the sum­mit, ahead of its mar­ket de­but. 3. ABB demon­strated its Terra HP fast-charg­ing sys­tem, which can quick charge a car for 200km in just 8 min­utes. 4. MG Mo­tors brought its elec­tric SUV, the eRX5. 5,6 &7. The event saw speeches by Deven­dra Fad­navis, chief min­is­ter , Ma­ha­rash­tra, Osamu Suzuki, chair­man, Suzuki Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion and Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

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