As the world seeks to address the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, the global transportation sector has been rapidly undergoing a significant shift towards electric mobility. The notable evolution in EV technology in the last decade has accelerated this shift, and so has government policy.
While several Indian States are vying to be in the fast lane in the race to electrification, Tamil Nadu, with an aim to draw upwards of Rs 50,000 crore of investments into the EV ecosystem, is the frontrunner and has established itself as the new hub for electric mobility in India with its pro-industry, and consumer policies.
The Government of Tamil Nadu, in association with Autocar Professional, India's leading B2B automotive brand, hosted the INDIA EV CONCLAVE in Chennai to discuss and explore the various opportunities and challenges in the e-mobility domain.
The one-day industry congregation acted as a forum for thought exchange between industry and government leaders, as well as a platform for showcasing game changing EV technologies that promise a sustainable future.
“We are in the process of developing a green hydrogen hub. If we have a robust EV charging infrastructure, then the transition from fossil-fuel dependency to green energy sources and renewables will benefit all.”
Dr TRB Rajaa, Minister of Industries, Investment Promotion & Commerce Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
“The long-term story of battery electric vehicles is not a choice. It is imperative because all the nations have signed for net carbon zero. The same pressure is on all OEMs. There is no choice. It is only a matter of how fast this is going to happen.”
Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles & TPEML
“95% of the market is not into the electric vehicle space. The people who attempt to discover electric vehicles are in one frame. There are a lot of people sitting on the other side, and to unlock them you need multiple offers – price point-wise, motivation-wise – and that is what fuels the market.”
Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy
What Government and Industry Leaders Had to Say at the India EV Conclave
Panel Discussion | Evolution of India’s EV Landscape
Panel Discussion | Transformation of Last-Mile Mobility
Panel Discussion | Building the EV Supply Chain in India
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Shailesh ChandraMD, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles
Balbir Singh DhillonHead,
Aditya JairajDeputy MD,
Gopala Krishnan CSCMO,
Hyundai Motor India
Vinay HarneAdvisor - Technology,
TVS Motor Company
Eric VasPresident - Electric Vehicles, Bajaj Auto
Rahul BhartiExecutive Director,
Maruti Suzuki India
Ravneet PhokelaChief Business Officer, Ather Energy
Vivek Vikram SinghMD & Group CEO,
Nitin ShethCEO - New Mobility,
Thiru. V. Vishnu IASMD & CEO,
Suman MishraMD & CEO, Mahindra Last Mile Mobility
Kalyan Kumar PaulMD,
TI Clean Mobility
Mahesh BabuCEO - Global,
Virendra GoyalHead BD - EV Charging,
Sanjay BehlCEO & Executive Director,
Greaves Electric Mobility
Tata AutoComp Systems
Amitabh SaranFounder & CEO,
Altigreen Propulsion Labs
Rajesh LakhaniPower Ministry,
Government of Tamil Nadu
V Arun Roy IASSecretary to Government,
Industries, Investment Promotion & Commerce Department,
Government of Tamil Nadu
Dr. J. JeyaranjanVice Chairman,
State Planning Commission,
Government of Tamil Nadu
Karthikeyan PalanisamyCo-Founder & CEO,
Jaideep WadhwaManaging Director,
Sterling Gtake E-Mobility
Sanjay SinghStrategic Marketing & OEM Leader,
Ascend Performance Materials
Dhanendra NagwanshiGlobal Electrification Leader,
International Trading Corporation
Sachin ShilavatPresident & Head OEM & Automotive Alliances,
Reliance General Insurance
Nileshkumar KukalyekarRegional Commercial Director - India Middle East, Envalior
Unnikrishnan Nair PMManaging Director,
Anlon Technology Solutions
Keynote and Guest Address
- Role of governments in driving EV adoption and creating a flourishing ecosystem
- Tapping into renewable energy, developing urban ecosystem to accommodate EVs
- Factors influencing EV adoption - cost, charging availability, and driving experience
- Leveraging electric mobility to create a circular economy to target larger sustainability goals
Evolution of India's EV Landscape
- Evolution of technology, market, and customer towards passenger electric vehicles in India
- Growth enablers in rapid adoption of EVs in India’s passenger vehicle segment over the last few years
- Role played by early adopters of electric vehicles in catalysing the shift towards electric mobility
- OEM future roadmaps on technology and investments to capitalise on global EV market potential
Building the EV Supply Chain in India
- Localisation of EV components in India to achieve cost competitiveness with ICE
- India Auto Inc’s opportunity to transform into a global hub for EV parts and tech
- Evolution of battery cell chemistries and choosing the right technology for India
- High-voltage EV drivetrain technologies and benefits of skateboard architectures
- Opportunity for Li-ion battery manufacturing and creation of a circular economy
Two-wheelers Leading the Electric Charge
- Key growth drivers for electric two-wheelers which comprise 51% of India's total EV population
- India gaining global advantage in technological development of advanced electric two-wheelers
- Rural market expansion potential, charging infrastructure for electric two-wheelers in India
- Increasing competition and inevitable consolidation in India,s electric two-wheeler segment
Policy Enablers and Regulatory Impact
- Government regulations and incentive push catalysing EV adoption in India
- Role of policies in enabling India to fulfil its ambition to become global EV hub
- Formulation of indigenous standards for electric vehicles with global appeal
- Incentives for electric vehicle OEMs and ancillaries to strengthen EV ecosystem
- Regulatory framework for electric vehicle manufacturing and recycling in India
Transformation of Last-Mile Mobility
- Last-mile passenger- and cargo-carrying fleets increasingly opening to the electrification idea
- Development of robust IT infrastructure to enable innovative last-mile mobility transportation solutions
- Emergence of new business models such as mobility- and battery-as-a-service with electric vehicles
- Price competitiveness, total cost of ownership key growth drivers for e-mobility transition in India
Strengthening the EV Charging Infrastructure
- Key enablers of the rapidly developing EV charging infrastructure in India
- Urban planning measures to seamlessly accommodate EVs in Indian cities
- Harmonisation of electric vehicle charging standards to ensure interoperability
- Integration of renewable energy sources to achieve sustainability holistically
- Innovative charging solutions to alleviate range anxiety of electric vehicle users
on Standards for Safe, Secure, Sustainable Indian EV Ecosystem
What is the India EV Conclave?
India EV Conclave is a conference dedicated to the entire ecosystem of electric mobility. The conference provided a comprehensive platform and a showcase for the industry and government to exhibit challenges, opportunities and solutions.
When and where was the India EV Conclave hosted?
It was a day-long conference from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Tuesday, 21st November at The Leela Palace, Chennai.
What was the theme of the India EV Conclave?
The theme for the event was: Electrifying Tomorrow: Navigating the EV transition.
Who attended the conference?
The conference was primarily a CXO gathering. Representatives of OEMs, tier I & II suppliers, technology companies, government departments, trade and academia attended the conference.
What were the panel topics of the conference?
- Evolution of India's EV landscape
- Two-Wheelers leading the EV charge
- Building the supply chain (Battery Systems, EV Drivetrains)
- Policy enablers and regulatory impact
- Transformation of last-mile mobility
- Strengthening EV Charging Infrastructure
The Leela Palace Chennai
Adyar Sea Face, Leela Palace Rd, MRC Nagar,
Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028
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