Cabinet approves setting up of National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage
The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, to drive clean, connected, shared, sustainable and holistic mobility initiatives. The multi-disciplinary mission with an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee will be chaired by NITI Aayog CEO.
The Union Cabinet on March 7, 2019 approved setting up of a National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, to drive clean, connected, shared, sustainable and holistic mobility initiatives.
It has also approved Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP) valid for 5 years till 2024 to support setting up of a few large-scale, export-competitive integrated batteries and cell-manufacturing Giga plants in India.
It has also approved the creation of a Phased Manufacturing Programme valid for a period of 5 years till 2024 to localise production across the entire Electric Vehicles value chain. Both the schemes will be finalised by the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage.
The multi-disciplinary mission with an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee will be chaired by NITI Aayog CEO.
The other members of the steering committee will include Secretaries from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Heavy Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and Director General, Bureau of Industrial Standards.
• The mission will recommend and drive the strategies for transformative mobility and Phased Manufacturing Programmes for EVs, EV Components and Batteries.
• The Phased Manufacturing Program will be launched to localise production across the entire EV value chain and the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage will determine the final details of the programme
• The details of the value addition that can be achieved with each phase of localisation will be finalised by the mission with a clear make in india strategy for the electric vehicle components as well as battery.
• The mission will also coordinate with the key stakeholders in the ministries and departments and the states to integrate various initiatives to transform mobility in India.
• A phased roadmap to implement battery manufacturing at Giga-scale will be considered with an initial focus on a large-scale module and pack assembly plants by 2019-20, followed by integrated cell manufacturing by 2021-22.
• The details of the PMP for Batteries shall be formulated by the mission. The mission will ensure the holistic and comprehensive growth of the battery manufacturing industry in India.
• It will also prepare the necessary roadmap that will enable India to leverage upon its size and scale to produce innovative, competitive multi-modal mobility solutions that can be deployed globally in diverse contexts.
• Further, the mission will define the roadmap for transformative mobility in ‘New India’ by introducing a sustainable mobility ecosystem and fostering Make-in-India to boost domestic manufacturing and employment generation in the country.
The mission will drive mobility solutions that will bring in significant benefits to the industry, economy and country.
These solutions will help improve air quality in cities along with reducing India’s oil import dependence and enhance the uptake of renewable energy and storage solutions.
The mission will also lay down the strategy and roadmap which will enable India to leverage upon its size and scale to develop a competitive domestic manufacturing ecosystem for electric mobility.
The actions in this regard will benefit all citizens as the aim is to promote ‘Ease of Living’ and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and also provide employment opportunities through ‘Make-in-India’ across a range of skill sets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had outlined the vision for the future of mobility in India based on 7 C ’s which are common, connected, convenient, congestion-free, charged, clean and cutting-edge mobility during the Global Mobility Summit held in September 2018.
Mobility has the potential to drive the economy forward and positively impact the lives of citizens both in urban and rural areas.
Affordable, accessible, inclusive and safe mobility solutions are primary strategic levers for rapid economic development and improving ‘Ease of Living’.
Further, shared, connected and clean mobility solutions are increasingly becoming the key principles of effective mobility solutions across the world.
Given its commitment to climate goals, India needs to adopt effective strategies to place itself as a key driver of the mobility revolution in the world.