Electric Mobility

Electric mobility is capturing attention globally and leveraging this wave will bring multiple environmental and economic gains for India.

Electric mobility is often considered as a mere change in fuel source within existing transportation systems. Yet, the opportunity is far greater, provided barriers to mass electric vehicle adoption (e.g. capital cost, vehicle range and access to charging infrastructure) are actively resolved. In addition, the intrinsic connections between electric transportation and the energy sector offer unique opportunities to leverage the ongoing clean energy transition in India.

Making the move to electric mobility will require a carefully planned strategy that envisions the merging of the transportation and energy sectors and re-envisions relationships between people and vehicles. It will need an ecosystem approach that is comprehensive and relevant to the local context, with policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders clearly identifying the technologies and approaches that best fit the Indian scenario that is unique and stands apart from other nations -

  • 70% of India’s vehicles consist of motorized two-wheelers.
  • Average trip lengths are small as compared to trips undertaken in developed countries.
  • Ambient temperatures are usually high.
  • Driving speeds in urban areas are low as compared to speeds in developed nations.
  • The Indian consumer is very cost conscious.

Methodology

WRI India Ross Center adopts a four-pronged strategy to advance the electric mobility agenda in India -

  • Learning and knowledge dissemination across the entire ecosystem discussing issues of technology transition, business models and global best practices distilled with local insights.
  • Informing policy discussions at the national and state-level.

  • Provide hand-holding support to 6 states & cities on EV policy planning, development and implementation.

  • Supporting cities to adopt electric buses as part of their public transport fleet.

Ongoing work

ONGOING WORK

PAST SUCCESSES

KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION : EV CONNECT NEWSLETTER

India is committed to reducing nearly 35% of its CO2 emissions and electric vehicles will have a major role to play as we progress along this path. The predictability and consistency of policy is very important, and organizations like WRI India have a very critical role to play.”

- Mr. Amitabh Kant

CEO, NITI Aayog

As featured in a ‘Powertalk’ interview in the first edition of EV Connect

A curated and compiled newsletter of the latest EV developments in India and abroad, WRI India Ross Center’s monthly newsletter EV Connect also features in-depth interviews with key stakeholders across the electric mobility ecosystem.