PHDCCI organized a Webinar on ‘Electric Vehicles : Future of Transport’ on 24 December 2021. Mr Salil Gupta, Chairman, Power, RE & AE Committee delivered the Welcome Address and spoke about the significance of EVs for India and that focused government approach coupled with coordination among the efforts at the city, state and central level as well as industry and the civil society were the key for India becoming an EV nation.
Mr Shamsher Dewan, Vice President & Group Head, ICRA Ltd in his address gave an overview of the growth of EV market in India and abroad. He also spoke about the FAME I & II schemes of Government of India and how they have contributed to EV ecosystem. He informed that the PLI schemes announced by the Government will go a long way in reducing the prices of Electric Vehicles due to localization thus making them affordable for Indian middle class.
Mr Arindam Lahiri, CEO, Automobile Skills Development Council, spoke about the importance of skill development for EV manufacturing in India & initiatives of his organisation in bridging the skill gaps. Dr Shankar Venugopal, Vice President, Mahindra & Mahindra, highlighted the innovations taking place in transportation sector and informed that not only EVs but connected and autonomous vehicle and shared mobility would bring about a paradigm shift in transportation sector. He informed that M & M would soon launch an affordable electric tractor in the Indian market.
Mr Himanshu Patel, CEO & Founder, Triton Electric Vehicle, LLC, USA, informed that they will launch their made in India Electric Semi Trucks in India by mid 2022. Comparing the US and Indian EV markets, he informed that while in US EVs were considered a luxury product, in India EVs were being considered for their environmental benefits. He said that creation of charging infrastructure on the highways was essential for adoption of EVs in commercial transport.
Mr Preetesh Singh, Manager – Automotive Industrial Consulting Group, NRI Consulting and Solutions India, in his presentation emphasized about the steps which needed to be taken for becoming Atmanirbhar in EV Tech & manufacturing. Ms Sahana L., GIZ, gave a presentation on Development of robust EV charging infrastructure in India.
Mr Saurabh Sanyal, SG, PHDCCI, delivered the opening remarks in the technical session on “Making India an EV Nation : Becoming Atmanirbhar in EV Technology & Manufacturing”. Dr Yogesh Srivastav, ASG, PHDCCI, delivered the Opening Remarks and moderated the Inaugural Session. Mr Punit Chaudhry, Secretary, PHDCCI, delivered the Vote of Thanks in the technical session.
90 participants from India and abroad attended the Webinar which was organised as a part of the EV India Expo organised by India Exhibition Services.
The webinar was also supported by PHDCCI Annual Sponsors such as, Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Star Wire ;P G Industry; Uflex Ltd; DLF Ltd; Continental Carriers Pvt Ltd; Belair Travel & Cargo Pvt Ltd; Radico Khaitan Ltd; Crystal Crop Protection Ltd; Paramount Communications; Superior Industries Ltd; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; Comtech Interio; R E Rogers; AYUSH Herbs Private Ltd; Apeejay Stya Group; DCM Shriram; EaseMyTrip; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; MV Cotspin Ltd; Synergy Environics Ltd; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd; P S BEDI & Co.; Indian Farmer & Fertilizers Corporation Ltd; Jindal Steel; Hindware Sanitary; Modern Automobiles; Livit Ltd.; Axa Parenteras Pvt. Ltd. ; Bhagwati Plastic and Pipes Industries