As the world is rapidly shifting toward E – Mobility, there is a need to create sustainable development of skills for students, academicians, and industry professionals to match the EV industry demand and fulfil their requirements. Vision Quest is an initiative by ISIEINDIA to make awareness, create sustainable skill development and make a way forward for Electric Mobility. The guests from Sector Skill Council, Stakeholders from Automobile Industries, Academia, and Research, CEOs, Managing Directors, Vice-Chancellors, Pro Chancellors, Industry Experts, Researchers, Leaders were invited for the panel discussion on various topics related to the Electric Mobility to encourage and foster the learning, inspiration, productive result of engineers and entrepreneurs towards E-Mobility
Vision Quest Episode 1 – Electric Mobility is Rising Is India ready for Electric Vehicles?
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About Vision Quest Episode 1 - Electric Mobility is Rising Is India ready for Electric Vehicles?
Vision Quest – Episode 1 on Electric Mobility is Rising – Is India ready for Electric Vehicles’ was held on 23rd, April 2022 in the presence of eminent speakers from various universities across India
Episode 1 was honoured to have esteemed guests, Prof. (Dr) R. S. Bawa (Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University), Dr. T. Sasiprabha (Vice-Chancellor, Sathyabama University of Science & Technology), Prof. D Narayana Rao (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University), Prof. (Dr) Ishbir Singh (Director-Engineering, Indus University), Dr. Koteswara Rao (Director – Academics, Kalasalingam University), Dr. Amar Garg (Dean-Research, Shobhit University), Mr. Shubhaankar Chakraborty (Director, Alliance, Partnership & CSR) and Mr. Raghav Mittal, Director Editorial, Research and Programmes, ReTHINK India in the panel discussion.
Starting with the introduction to program, Moderator of the event Mr. Raghav Mittal said that there is an Imperial power in India which is surging so very high on so very futuristic frontiers for taking up EV. He talked about how India has the fourth-largest reserves of coal and India is still producing enough electricity to power all our electrical vehicles even if the entire country goes electric by 2030, we would be consuming only a very small portion of hundred terabyte hours of power so India has the electricity and prepared for electrical vehicle revolution. If that is the subject matter of today’s deliberation, even the industry has prepared us for the adoption of electric vehicles in a grand fashion. He also mentioned that E-Rickshaws were the first adopters of electric vehicles.
Further in the discussion, Prof. (Dr) R. S. Bawa talked about the youths and their fond of speed and electric vehicles so far, especially in India. The problem has been that if you drive it too fast, the battery life will be that much reduced so that is a challenge for the EV sectors. Talking about the battery life, He added that there is need of improvement in the battery technology so as to adopt the EV in India.
Adding to this Dr. T. Sasiprabha stated that there is a need of each department to take initiatives in every university towards the skill development of the students. Universities can collaborate for the skill development programs so as to work on the major issues of EV Industries. The cost of the EV’s are high compared to the commercial vehicles and thus needs to do the research work to reduce the overall cost of the vehicle, she added. She also suggested that the researchers and the universities need to contribute in this direction so that the overall cost of the EV will come down.
Further in the discussion, Prof. (Dr) Ishbir Singh talked about various industries who are already investing and contributing towards the deployment of EV in India. Most of the big player in India like TATA Power and Ashok Leyland are participating in ATMA NIRBHAR BHARAT. The country is progressing toward the electric or solar-powered vehicles and so the industries are working on the battery, efficiency, safety, etc.
Adding to the views of Dr. T. Sasiprabha, Dr. Koteswara Rao said that there is read challenge to taking EV into the street. Why? As there is requirement of roadside mechanics, diploma and ITI students towards E-Mobility. There should be Diploma Level of Certification Programs should be incorporated to increase the level of skilling. As of the current situation, it is the demand of industries and there is lack of skill sets. So this is the challenge to skill the students, He added.
Prof. D Narayana Rao talked about the vital topic that is the availability of Lithium. He said India does not have lithium at all even the world does not have that much lithium so we are going beyond lithium. He said they are working to develop sodium-ion batteries which are the future. He also mentioned about the various research activities on which they are currently working and He suggested that we should adopt that so as to fulfil the agenda and need.
Adding to this, Dr. Amar Garg stated that EVs should be introduced in a caged manner, for example, in metro cities so that the pollution level can be brought down. And for the long distances, we can use fossil fuel-based cars.
At the end of the panel discussion, Mr. Shubhaankar Chakraborty talked about the recent news about the Scooters getting burned out and it’s gonna be a tough fight for EV vehicles & Industries and as the government is supporting the industry, so that is a good sign for the EV industry, He added.
Our esteemed guests in this episode 1, our guests exchanged their thoughts and discussed the Indian ecosystem for Electric Vehicles. It was also focused to identify and implement the outcomes in the ecosystem through the discussion.