The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) orchestrated the 3rd edition of the Global Electrification Mobility Summit (GEMS) on the second day of the Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024 at Pragati Maidan. Themed 'Electrification: Electrifying India’s Journey towards Sustainable Mobility,' the summit served as a robust platform for industry leaders, government officials, and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions on the future of electric mobility in India.
In his keynote address, Chief Guest Kamran Rizvi, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries, commended SIAM for its timely and pivotal role in orchestrating discussions around electrifying India's journey. He emphasised the need for collaboration between the government and the automotive industry to create a comprehensive 10-year blueprint that aligns with global market demands, produces high-quality products, and fosters research and development.
Vivek Kumar Dewangan, Chairman & Managing Director, Rural Electrification Corporation, highlighted India's commitment to reducing emissions and stressed the significant role of the transportation sector, especially electric mobility, in achieving this goal.
Sudhendu J Sinha, Advisor, NITI Aayog, echoed the government's commitment to expanding electric vehicles (EVs) and emphasised the importance of research and innovation for the growth of electric mobility in India.
The summit featured a special session, 'Pivoting ways for the growth of electrification in Amritkaal of India,' moderated by Prashant K Banerjee, Executive Director, SIAM. Sushant Naik, Chairperson SIAM Electric Mobility Group & Global Head, Govt & Public Affairs, Tata Motors, emphasised the global trend towards 'net zero' emissions and India's holistic approach to electric vehicles.
A panel discussion on 'Navigating the landscape of e-mobility future in India' included insights from industry leaders like K N Radhakrishnan, Chairman, SIAM 2W CEOs Council and Director & CEO, TVS Motor; Niranjan Gupta, CEO, Hero MotoCorp; and Amit Kalyani, Joint Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd The discussion underscored the need for continued government support, investment in technology, and collaborative efforts to make electric mobility more accessible and affordable for the masses.
The summit also delved into critical topics such as policy, regulatory support, and enablers for accelerating electric mobility. Industry experts and thought leaders shared their views on the challenges and opportunities in the evolving electric ecosystem.
Prashant K Banerjee, Executive Director of SIAM, concluded the event by stating, 'This marks the era of a new India, with the auto industry at the forefront of its growth. The sector holds a pivotal position in the journey towards decarbonisation and sustainable mobility.'
The successful organisation of the 3rd edition of GEMS showcased SIAM's commitment to promoting electric mobility in India. The event served as a platform for a rich exchange of ideas, best practices, and strategies, reinforcing the collective vision of a sustainable and electric future for the country. The discussions held during GEMS are poised to influence the trajectory of India's mobility landscape, driving it towards net-zero emissions by 2070.