India welcomes Chinese industries participation and investment in the expansion of Indian Electronic Vehicles (EV) market as it has planned to achieve electric mobility by 2030, NITI Aayog Principal Advisor Anil Srivatsava has said.
Srivastava, who led an industry delegation from India and addressed summit forum ‘Global Zero Emission and All Electric Vehicle’ held from January 11-13, met Chen Qingtai, President of China EV100, and invited China’s participation in India’s ambitious plans to go for full electric mobility.
He mentioned that the Chinese EV players can play a very substantive role in the India’s most ambitious objective of achieving electric mobility by 2030, China EV100, a private electric vehicle association of over 200 leading Chinese electric mobility industries, is organising the 5th China EV100 Forum in Beijing which was attended by the government as well as industry representative from all over the world.
China is the world’s biggest manufacturer and the biggest car market but the selling of car fell in 2018 by about six percent to 22.7 million units for the first time in the last twenty years that has shock the whole industry across the globe. The drop is largely attributed to the continued slowdown of the Chinese economy, stringent measures to restrict new car sales to cut automobile pollution and the ongoing trade war with the US.
The most recent figures show that New Energy Vehicles (NEVs), a category which includes electric and hybrid models, has defied trend of slowdown, growing substantially over the past year, a recent BBC report said.
China’s NEV market made a major gain this month with Elon Musk, the CEO of US electric carmaker Tesla, on Monday laying foundation to set up USD seven billion plants in Shanghai. Tesla became the first to benefit from a new C policy allowing foreign carmakers to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in China. The new plant, Tesla’s first outside the US, is located at a high-end manufacturing park in the southeast harbour of Shanghai. It is designed with an annual capacity of five lakh electric cars.
In his meeting with Chen, Srivatsava said that given the market size of India and China together, there is huge cooperation potential for EV industries of both countries. He further added that the EV industries of both countries should have more interaction and proposed to establish a formal interaction mechanism between an Indian EV Industry association, supported by NITI Aayog, and China EV100, which can meet periodically.
He proposed to organise an industry meet of players of two sides in the first half of this year in Beijing or a suitable venue to explore cooperation possibilities between EV Industries of two countries, “Chen mentioned that India is an important country for Chinese EV players and he welcomes Chinese industries participation and investment in Indian EV market,” the release said.
Earlier, Srivastava spoke about the Indian government’s policy for promotion of electric mobility, current state of play and future roadmap. While addressing the forum, he said that EV sales were expected to be 30 percent of the total sales in 2030 with 25.36 million EVs and 59.17 million (Internal Combustion Engines) ICEs.
Leading Indian auto-makers such as Maruti Suzuki, Tata, TVS, and industry associations such as Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) to took part in the event. The Indian industry is looking for technologies related to the DC motor, motor control systems and the EV battery cells as well, the release added.
The total automobile sales in India were expected to 84.53 million in 2030. He mentioned that India is committed to global environmental commitments, and it will encourage development and adoption of clean energy and new energy transportation.