Structured policy interventions will help in increasing demand of EVs: Vini Mahajan
INVC NEWS Chandigarh, Government of Punjab is working on achieving an increase in demand for zero emission vehicles and Electric Vehicles (EVs) through carefully structured government mandates and policy regulations, said Ms Vini Mahajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Government of Punjab at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Northern Region Smart and E-Mobility Conference. The State Government also needs to ensure that manufacturers are quick on delivering on expected demands, the machinery is easily accessible and best possible quality & costings are offered to the consumers, she added. Ms Mahajan also spoke about the need of an efficient system of maintenance of such vehicles, charging points, swapping of batteries, schemes regarding financing the purchase of eco-friendly vehicles, extended repayment, low cost EMIs and how the technology can be made feasible to the local buyers. Mr Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Haryana, while delivering the special address shared that aggregation of demand, research & innovation and economies of scale are three crucial parameters that determine the future of e-mobility in India. He informed about the gathering about various initiatives of Government of Haryana in the domains of technology and ease of doing business, which will create a conducive environment for e-mobility space. He also shared about an envisaged project led by Haryana Tourism in collaboration with BHEL, where solar energy will be used to generate electricity supplied through the charging stations for EVs in the smart cities of the state. Mr K Siva Prasad, Principal Secretary, Transport, Government of Punjab, addressing the Conference said it is imperative that the transport authority should transform itself from the role of a Regulator to Facilitator, to ensure that the ideas are translated at the grass-root level. He also invited the industry stakeholders to contribute in framing the policy to make Punjab a clean and green energy efficient state. Mr A Venu Prasad, Principal Secretary – Power, Government of Punjab informed the participants that Punjab is a power surplus state and one of the first few in India to announce special tariff for EV charging stations. He opined that Punjab has a sufficient capacity of electricity generation along with robust distribution system, making it ready to cater to the future of automobiles. Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar, the three smart cities of Punjab are already pacing fast in development of sustainable and green public transport systems, he informed all. Mr Rajat Agarwal, CEO, Invest Punjab informed that, “E-mobility is one of the major focus sectors in Punjab and we are working towards creating an enabling ecosystem towards the same. After 1st Feb 2019, no new three wheelers that use petrol or any oil based fuel are getting registered in the cities of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Mohali & Fatehgarh Sahib, hence permitting only CNG and electricity based transport in the state. Mr Sajid Mubashir, Scientist G, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India elaborated upon the goals and visions behind adopting clean energy sources and highlighted the operational technicalities involved in the system including the AC & DC charging stations. “Inter-operability between different manufacturers of e-vehicles and charging equipment providers is extremely crucial to reduce the cost parameters and promoting their use,” he added while addressing the participants. Mr Kamal Kishore Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh expressed that in the next fifteen years, the entire automobile scenario shall be transformed and the states must be prepared to handle the contemporary transport infrastructure network. Mr Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group shared the Electric Vehicles can see a similar growth pattern as solar power in India or even bigger as today they symbolize a breakthrough in transportation, which represents a significant part of the nation’s GDP. He also mentioned that the expanded portfolio of low and zero emission vehicles that help protect air quality, increase our nation's energy security and also reduce our reliance on foreign oil. A theme paper on “Transforming India’s Electric Vehicle Ecosystem” was also released during the inaugural session of the conference that details the smart and e-mobility concepts with a holistic approach. It touches upon the necessity of EV infrastructure, requirement of electricity supply and manpower with desired skillset to ensure the much needed implementation. Around 100 CXO level officials from EV Manufacturing, Auto Manufacturing, Battery makers, Charging Infrastructure Companies Conventional & Renewable Energy Companies, Electricity Distribution Companies etc attended the Conference.