Session on Future of Mobility in India organised by Niti Aayog at IITD

A very insightful and interactive session on the Future of Mobility was held at IIT Delhi on September 1 by Niti Ayog. The programme, held as a precursor to the Global Mobility Summit on September 7-8, was moderated by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant with the participation of some of the best minds in the industry and academia.

Students of IIT participated in large number in the event.

Industry stalwarts sharing their vision for the Future of Mobility in India and around the world.

Among those who participated in the panel discussion were Mr. Tarun Mehta, CEO at Ather. A graduate of Engineering Design from IIT Madras, Tarun along with his fellow student Swapnil Jain conceptualized and started Ather which is developing India's first smart electric scooter that aims to revolutionize the concept of two-wheeler driving in India.

Others present for the panel discussion were Mr. Rahul Sharma, Co-founder, Micromax Informatics Limited, Mr. Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM Group and Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director—Renault India Operations.

The thematic areas for discussion were regulatory and policy issues, ease of doing business/promoting investments, technological innovations, human resource, and skilling, charging infrastructure`

“India is today the largest manufacturer and exporter of two-wheelers and autorickshaws. As a part of shared mobility, we are increasingly moving from the concept of vehicle ownership to ride ownership. We need to bring about this behavioral change in our country to move towards sharing and more efficient commuting,” says Mr. Tarun Mehta.

Maintaining that the cities were moving increasingly towards intelligent transport systems, Rahul Sharma said: “The smart cities mission is also driving this cause significantly. The entire movement towards shared, connect and sustained mobility will give rise to a whole new set of business opportunities for both the large corps as well as SMEs.”

Observing that EVs strike the right balance between affordability, right amount of range and finalizing the right technological acumen, Mr. Sumit Sawhney said that it is critical as a nation to start thinking long-term to build the reserves of rare earth elements and reduce the import dependence for our EVs.

In the panelists took some questions from the IIT students.