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India to host International Transportation Electrification Conference- ITEC India 2021

Dr Sahoo added the Government of India has rolled out a PLI Scheme - ''National Program on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage (NPACC) and Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT)''.

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Kolkata: SAEINDIA is organizing the 4th Edition of iTEC India 2021 in collaboration with IEEE IAS USA.

The event has been growing in size and stature over the years and is eagerly awaited by all key stakeholders of the EV community. This physical event will be held from December 16 to 18, 2021 at Manesar, Gurugram, Haryana. This meet assumes great significance because the Indian Automotive market will grow rapidly and is slated to become the 3rd largest in the world by 2030. The event is expected to be attended by delegates from over 16 countries.

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Addressing the media virtually Rashmi Urdhwareshe (Former Director, ARAI) and President, SAEINDIA, highlighted the importance and need for this international meet where experts from around the world will participate. Incidentally, SAEINDIA would also be commencing the Silver Jubilee celebrations this year, culminating in a Grand Finale event in November 2022.

She added that SAEINDIA is well known in the engineering community as the ultimate destination for knowledge dissemination and skill enrichment for engineering professionals in India. This meet
will enhance the skills of all participants.

C.V. Raman, CTO – MSIL and Patron of the event, said that with support from the Central Government and other policymakers, massive work has to be done in building the supporting infrastructure and ecosystem for faster adoption of electric vehicles. Some of the important priorities and policy interventions will be discussed during the 3-day conference, and experts from overseas will share their experiences to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.

He shared that India is a vast country and have varied mobility needs. To fulfil the needs of a varied set of consumers in an affordable manner, we need to look at all energy options as outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence day speech – Natural Gas, Electric Mobility with Renewables, Biofuels and Green hydrogen.
Further, the PM had talked about India becoming Net-Zero by 2070 and had given 5 commitments at COP 26. The industry needs to strive to work in this direction to meet National objectives.

He appreciated that the Government of India has taken many steps including the FAME Scheme and PLI scheme for faster adoption of electric mobility and the industry is working on the same path. At the same time, as we embark on the path, we need to identify challenges and plan for actions to remove the challenges to accelerate e-mobility.
Dr Tapan Sahoo, Chair – Organizing Committee of iTEC India 2021 gave an overview of the 4th Edition of iTEC India 2021.

The conference will have 5-Plenary sessions and 4-parallel technical sessions with 100+ technical papers on 8-topics related to ‘Transportation Electrification’. Technical experts from India and abroad will deliberate on issues related to ‘Sustainable Mobility in India with a focus on ‘Start-up Innovation’ for faster adoption of electric mobility.

Dr Sahoo added the Government of India has rolled out a PLI Scheme – ”National Program on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage (NPACC) and Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT)”. These schemes are expected to provide the momentum for localisation of key components for electric mobility and are the right step in India’s journey – “AatmaNirbharBharat in e-mobility”.

Pamela Tikku, Co-Chair, Organising Committee speaking on behalf of Dinesh Tyagi, Chair – Steering Committee of iTEC India 2021, emphasized the importance of the theme of the conference,
to accelerate self-reliance as we move towards achieving the goal of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. It is a daunting task to build the huge supporting infrastructure in the form of charging stations, swappable batteries as well as a reduction in the weight of the batteries.

She said that concerted effort is required to ensure a smooth transition to Electric Vehicles across segments, including public transportation like Electric Buses and Trucks.

She added that the recent example of the Indian Auto industry leapfrogging from BS-4 to BS-6 within a short period has demonstrated the capabilities of Indian OEM’s to achieve seemingly impossible targets in a short time span.

She welcomed the policymakers, industry professionals and media to come and witness the event at ICAT, Manesar from December 16-18.

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