Experts from U.S. Midwest and India discuss future of electrical vehicles

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Webinar on India’s electrical vehicle roadmap hosted jointly by the Indian Consulate in Chicago and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce& Industry held Aug. 18, 2021, featured eminent speakers. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in Chicago.

The Consulate General of India, Chicago, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) held a virtual event on “India’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap & Investment Opportunities” on August 18, 2021.

Consul General Amit Kumar in his inaugural remarks said India had exceeded its Paris Treaty commitments and its readiness to do more to combat Climate Change, noting that the push on electric vehicles is a key component of the country’s ambitious framework to reduce the footprint of carbon emissions in the economy. economy.  He referred to the incentives covering manufacturing of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and battery technologies, and to the potential collaboration opportunities between Indian companies and those from the US Midwest.

The US Midwest region, particularly Michigan, which was the hub of U.S. automotive industry, is making significant investments in the EVs domain.  In addition, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana are also undertaking significant policy measures in this regard, the press release said.

The webinar was opened by Deputy Secretary General of FICCI Manish Singhal. The panel included ral eminent panelists, who had worked on electric vehicle polices and Sudhendu J. Sinha, advisor, (Infrastructure Connectivity – Transport and Electric Mobility), NITI Aayog, Government of India, who presented details  about the Indian scenario and priorities, Pavan Muzumdar, COO, Automation Alley, Margaret O’Riley, VP – Business Development, Electrada – an EV Start up, and Prof. Satish Udpa, Michigan Council on Future Mobility & Electrification. Ajit Pant, president, US India Chamber of Commerce for Midwest region, delivered the concluding remarks.

The event was supported by Automation Alley, India-US Chamber of Commerce of Mid-West region and US India SME Council.

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