FICCI Rajasthan organizes virtual conference on ‘Future of Mobility
Jaipur : FICCI Rajasthan today organized a virtual conference on ‘Future of Mobility’ with the theme of “Green Mobility #AdvantageRajasthan”. The objective of the conference was to discuss the proposed Electric Vehicle Policy of Rajasthan, manufacturing possibilities, incentives, new infrastructure needs etc. in regard to industry expectations, growth opportunities in the sector, innovation, behavioural changes of consumers, technology upgradation, etc.
Presenting the keynote address, Ms. Mugdha Sinha, Secretary – Science & Technology, Government of Rajasthan said, “It is not a job of people to understand machines but it is the job of machines and manufacturers of these machines to understand the psychology of people and this is what the good design is all about.” According to her, the canvas of disruptive technology is huge, so we must broad base our policy. Policies need to look at design principles and should be dynamic to adjust to the disruption happening around. The guiding principle should be improving quality of life, quality of cities and ease of implementation. She added that the scope of working is so wide that on one side while we talk about artificial intelligence, IoT, Automation etc. on the other hand we are working on a dedicated cycling path as the future of mobility is not confined to electric vehicles only.
Presenting the special address in the virtual conference, Mr. Ravi Jain, Secretary & Commissioner – Transport, Government of Rajasthan shared that Rajasthan is one of the leading states in the country to initiate in the field of making policy for electrical vehicles and we are soon going to introduce our Electric vehicle policy. He also mentioned that the Government of Rajasthan is very serious on promoting environment friendly mobility and that's why they have proposed many kinds of concessions, rebates and encouragements on electric vehicles so that people can opt for such environment friendly options.
Mr. Jain also shared that presently there are about 2 crores vehicles registered in Rajasthan and more than 1 lakh vehicles are sold every month here and therefore we need to be futuristic in our approach. We are giving a number of concessions so people can adopt environment friendly vehicles easily. In addition to this, Govt. of Rajasthan is also promoting public mode of transport by using electric buses in JCTSL and will be soon using them for Rajasthan Roadways buses as well.
Addressing the virtual conference, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Chairman, FICCI National Committee on Electric Vehicle and Vice Chairman & Whole Time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors said, “Future of electric mobility is very promising but we need to understand two factors which are defining the growth and acceptance i.e. Price Point and Performance Point. Adoption of EVs would take place gradually and it will be around 25-30% of total vehicles by the year 2050.” According to him, we also need to address a few challenging points like Battery Cost, which is a major part of costing for EVs, over dependence on Lithium technology and how it is critical to have a suitable ecosystem to scientific and environmental friendly disposal of such batteries. He further shared that we need a ‘scrappage policy’ to promote electric vehicles.
In his address, Mr. Praveen Paranjape, Director, Honda Cars India Ltd shared that in Rajasthan a lot of focus has remained in developing road infrastructure, connecting the remotest part of the state and making it mainstream. According to him, adapting technology's diagnostic approach to reduce carbon dioxide emission will be the key to success. He also shared how Honda has stayed ahead of times with its products and is now planning to start its electrification journey with launch of hybrid model from next year. He further said that the implementation of new technology should be there and it will require initial support to reduce the price gaps in order to develop the taste for electric vehicles.
Presenting the theme presentation, Mr. Rajeev Singh, Partner and Leader – Automotive Sector, Deloitte India shared five major drivers like urbanization, economic growth, climate change, shifting in consumer preferences and technology & digitalization are shaping the future of mobility. According to him, in the coming years, sales of electric vehicles will be increased due to government subsidies, citizens becoming more and more environmentally conscious along with drop in battery prices. He further mentioned that demand for charging infrastructure will also increase in future which may further provide new revenue options for OEMs.
Welcoming the virtual conference, Mr. Randhir Vikram Singh, Co-Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council & CMD, Mandawa Hotels shared that automotive industry is on the verge of disruption driven by digitalization and has started to experience the effects of disruption and that four technology driven trends like electrification, shared mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving are leading the industry to this disruption. According to him, the automobile industry is already feeling the effects of electrification or e-mobility both globally and in India and by 2030 this could lead to electric vehicles holding substantial shares of the automobile sector.
Addressing the session ‘Journey towards Sustainable Transport’, Dr B L Rolan, Joint Transport Commissioner, Government of Rajasthan said that the air quality index of 5 major cities of Rajasthan viz. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Alwar are very poor and therefore we need to shift the Automobile Sector of Rajasthan and the Transport System of Rajasthan towards less pollution and hence electric vehicle policy holds a very much importance in the current situation. He also mentioned that around 150 electric vehicles are being procured by JCTSL and RSRTC and that the Government of Rajasthan aims to convert 30% of total vehicle population of Rajasthan into electric vehicles by 2030.
Session on Journey towards Sustainable Transport saw speakers like Mr. Amit Kumar, Partner, Clean Energy, PwC India; Mr. Rakesh Chopra, Managing Director, Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd; Mr. Mahesh Aggarwal, AVP - R&D, Honda Cars India Ltd; Mr. Piyush Gupta, Founder & CEO, Lithion Power Pvt Ltd and Mr. Dipanjan Banerjee, State Head - Delhi (Government & Public Affairs), Tata Motors share insights about future of mobility and sustainable transport.
Mr Sunil Kumar Yadav, Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan Sub-committee on HR & Skills and VP, Honda Cars India Ltd delivered vote of thanks and shared that “Future belongs to green mobility because there is an earnest desire, technological advancements and inclination towards adoption of these technologies. Today’s theme “Green Mobility #AdvantageRajasthan” was kept in mind because Rajasthan is also coming up with a policy on Electric Vehicles.” More than 200 participants and industry members participated in the virtual conference today.