We Have Taken Significant Steps To Keep Pace With Cutting Edge Technologies, Anil Srivastava, NITI Aayog

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In an insightful interview with EMobility+, Anil Srivastava, Principal Consultant & Mission Director, National Mission On Transformative Mobility & Battery Storage, NITI Aayog elaborates on the different initiatives taken by Government for the EV sector and provides his views on how EV Charging infrastructure ecosystem can be strengthened.

With the government emphasis on the FAME scheme and Make in India initiative, what are the opportunities for EV manufactures and supply chain in India?

The Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 5595 e-buses to be deployed in 64
cities through OPEX model and 2636 charging stations in 62 cities across 24 States/UTs.
As per the current plan, the government aims to install 175 gigawatts of renewable capacity by 2022 and hopes to achieve around 40% non-fossil fuel powered capacity by 2030. Government is emphasizing the FAME scheme but electric vehicles are going to
come and be adopted even without FAME.

Could you elaborate on some of the Government’s proposed global initiatives to provide a strong push to growth in the entire Electric mobility ecosystem?

A proposal to incentivize setting up Gigafactories is under consideration which is output based rather than input-based. It means, subsidy is linked to the capacity creation and the level of indigenisation. Dynamic duties could be other tools to promote advanced cell chemistry in place of the traditional batteries. Industry players have come out with innovative business models that will boost rapid adoption of EVs in India.

Currently hydrogen fuel is in the offing, how can India’s EV sector prepare itself for this technology and reap the future benefits of it?

We have taken significant steps to keep pace with cutting edge technologies. National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has invited global expressions of interest to provide 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses and cars in Leh and Delhi. A hydrogen fuel cell bus was launched in 2019 in India by Tata Motors in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Indian Oil (IOCL).

Read the full interview here:
https://emobilityplus.com/2020/10/23/e-mobility-october-2020-issue/

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