Experts stress on indigenous EV manufacturing supply chain

Experts from EV industry emphasised that the need for indigenous EV manufacturing supply chain is being felt stronger than before.

They were speaking at a session on ‘EV Supply Chain – Seizing Opportunities’, held on the second day of Digielec Bharat 2021, a virtual exhibition organsied by the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) from October 20 to 26.

Mr Guruprasad Mudlapur, Regional President & Managing Director, Bosch Auto, said, “Power electronics provides a lot of opportunities in India with local high quality manufacturing and recycling of batteries for mobility and storage use. What attracts the customer in EV is sustainable transportation, low cost of maintenance and certainty driven through connected world.”

Mr S. Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Celsius 100, stated, “The signs are here –$5,000 crore of investment in 2-3 wheelers with massive consumer acceptance!”

Mr Rajanish Saxena, Head Engineering, Sun Mobility, presented a different perspective. He said, “The Government is working on standardisation but as an industry we have not done anything in terms of design and standardising. The need of the hour is collaboration between companies to diffuse risks and manage uncertainties while developing new technologies and manufacturing processes.”

Mr Anil Shrivastav, former Director General, NITI Aayog, concluded, “The surge in start-ups will not only help in laying down the ecosystem of drivetrains and related components but will also promote new innovations in design, technology, and production of EVs.”

Earlier in the day, Mrs Sumita Dawra, Additional Secretary DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, said “The Indian industry must move up the value chain by building globally-recognised brands. At the same time the products need to be energy-efficient and price-competitive too to be globally acceptable.”