Amaravati: 'Electric Mobility Stakeholder Meet' held to identify key themes, growth engines

ANI | Updated: Nov 10, 2017 23:52 IST

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], November 10 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and key stakeholders of the electric mobility value chain on Friday held an 'Electric Mobility Stakeholder Meet' to articulate the vision and identify key themes and growth engines that will drive electric mobility in Andhra Pradesh.

This meet will also enable the government of Andhra Pradesh to develop a policy for electric mobility.

This 'Electric Mobility Stakeholder Meet' was attended by key stakeholders across the value chain and included majors like Mahindra Electric, Hyundai, Nissan, Renault, Maruti Suzuki, Ashok Leyland, TVS Motors, Ola, Texas Instruments, ARM, Gayam Motors, Sun Mobility, Facor Group, Panasonic, Amara Raja, PLR Chambers and Goldman Sachs.

There was also key cooperation from Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Invest India and United States India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

The APEDB spearheaded this 'Electric Mobility Stakeholder Meet' which was led by Nara Lokesh, the Minister for Information Technology, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development.

Nara Lokesh said, "The subsidies on electric vehicles is not enough to spruce the market and instead an interplay of demand creation, technology development, pilot projects and charging infrastructure is the way forward."

Solomon Arokiaraj, Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce said, "Although manufacturing would have an added thrust in the electric mobility policy, specific emphasis would be given to innovation, startups and disruptive technology."

"Andhra Pradesh has always believed in garnering consensus in policy making and this meet is a testimony to this," Arokiaraj added.

J Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, APEDB said, "This meet determines our common agenda and path forward to build policies on tangible results."

"Apart from deliberating on the future of mobility, this meet would help define our route to a low-carbon economy by 2029," Kishore added.

The meet mainly focussed on - a comprehensive policy should not only focus on manufacturing, but also charging infrastructure, batteries, energy swapping and skill development. Collaboration with engineering streams especially chemical engineering is critical for skilling, research and development in mobility

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board will work closely with respective departments for continued collaboration and policy pragmatism for electric mobility.

Department of Industries and Commerce, Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication, Department of Transport, Roads and Buildings, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), NREDCAP were also at the meet. (ANI)

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