Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric
In 2021 World EV Day will be asking businesses across the world how they will #DriveChange to support e-mobility and sharing stories from real EV owners about their journeys on the road to #GoEV. The transition to electric mobility has never been so crucial, with the industry striving to decarbonise transport and encourage everyone to look to electricity as a way to deliver a sustainable way of life. As a company, Hero is committed to bringing disruption and innovation in the Electric Vehicle segment bringing to the common man products that are technologically superior while making our country sustainable and free of pollution.
Mahua Acharya, MD & CEO, CESL
Having an “EV day” says a lot about the changing times, needs, priorities and ambitions of the new generation. While some countries are the largest manufacturers, others such as India present the potential to become the largest users of electric vehicles. The Government has announced several incentives and offered all possible help to foster greater penetration of EVs – and CESL being a central Government entity has the advantage, enthusiasm and commitment to implement these ambitions for the country.”
Sunjay Kapur, chairman, Sona Comstar
The path to net-zero emissions is narrow. Staying on it requires the massive deployment of all available clean energy technologies; such as renewables, #EVs and energy efficient building retrofits – between now and 2030. For a sustainable & greener planet. #WorldEVDay
S. Venkat, Director, Automotive Business, SKF India
“The Indian EV market has been experiencing exponential growth for the past couple of years. Government policies such as FAME-II and stringent regulation on fuel efficiency and emissions, coupled with increased customer demand, have enabled the market for electrified vehicles (EVs) to boom. We, at SKF, are investing in new technological developments, adapting, and redesigning conventional bearings. Our customized and hybrid bearings are already solving the fundamental issues, increasing reliability in electric vehicles.”
Vikas Gupta, Founder, CEO & CFO, eAshwa Automotive Pvt. Ltd:
“With growing Co2 emission and rising ownership cost of conventional vehicles following surging fuel cost, the adoption of EV vehicles is gaining in momentum. In fact, it is being seen as a viable and sustainable option in the mid to long term. With encouraging central policies like FAME II and state government level EV schemes, electric vehicles will be the future of mobility accessible by masses. We, at e-Ashwa Automotive, are supporting the government’s mission to electrify India and helping auto drivers and small businesses with better livelihood options through electric rickshaws and consumers through affordable e-scooters. On this World EV Day, we pledge to contribute to make India the EV hub of the world.”
Tarun Mehta, CEO and Co-founder, Ather Energy
“On this World EV day, I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by the government of India in promoting faster adoption of EVs. The introduction of policies like Fame II and additional subsidies by the state governments have helped EVs to go mainstream and encouraged the EV industry to introduce more innovative products for consumers. Several Indian automakers are now offering high-performance electric two-wheelers and are investing heavily in the development of the EV ecosystem. Consumer awareness has increased remarkably, and the demand is very strong right now. The Indian EV industry is finally taking off. In the next five years, India will see a significant increase in electric vehicles, with electric vehicles accounting for the majority of vehicles sold.”
World EV Day by Manish Narang, Co- Founder at EV Plugs
EV adoption will see a massive rise in the coming few years as consumers are getting more and more conscious about the environmental impact of fossil fuel-based vehicles. Additionally, rising fuel prices along with incentives provided by governments have made the option of choosing an EV a financially wiser decision.
Samarth Kholkar & Sandeep Mukherjee, Co-founders, BLive
“2021 will go down as the year of the EV revolution in history. There’s massive growth in the Indian EV market, led by Electric 2 Wheeler. There are several promising brands in the market that are working on E2W models that withstand all the mobility challenges in India.We recently partnered with Ather Energy to facilitate charging infrastructure in tourist destinations, starting with Goa. These ‘BLive EV Zones’ were launched with complete support from the GTDC to further the adoption of EVs in the state. Moreover, key hospitality players like Club Mahindra, IHCL have also further our efforts to drive EV adoption by leveraging popular tourist spots. As India’s first EV experiential platform, we see tremendous potential in the growth of newer formats of retail like multi-brand EV retail platforms.”
Arun Sreyas, Co-Founder of RACEnergy.
“While the market is beginning to realize the value of quick battery swaps and gaining instant juice, there are very few players who are working on building the deep tech to enable this. In order for India to emerge as a key leader in battery swapping and capitalize on the $8 billion market opportunity, robust battery packs that can handle extreme temperatures, vibrations, rains and thousands of hot swaps in their lifetime are key.”
Pulkit Khurana, Co-Founder of Battery Smart
“It’s exciting to witness the EV revolution in India and an increasing number of players focusing on battery swapping. For the country to become an EV nation, a focus on swapping infrastructure and interoperability of batteries is a vital next step. While swapping and the battery as a service model help address the high-up front costs, range anxiety, and long charging time associated with adoption – interoperable batteries are required to allow for the solution to work with 2W, 3W and even smaller 4W; thereby helping increase and accelerate mass adoption of EVs,”