Minister Ananth Geete Assures Auto Industry of Working Hand-in-Hand

Bengaluru, September 20, 2018- The 3rd Catalyst Conference on growth in E-Vehicle industry was inaugurated today by Shri Ananth G Geete, Hon'ble Minister of Heavy Industry & Public Sector Enterprises at MLR Convention centre, JP Nagar, 7th Phase, Bengaluru.

Addressing the automotive industry members present at the conference, Sh. Geete sought to assure the auto industry that his ministry would take them along to adopt electric mobility. Sh. Geete said"I want to clarify here once again, as I have done at various other forums that my ministry has never set a deadline to achive 100% electrification of mobility by 2030. No developed country has achieved even 30%  electric mobility. We need not hurry, but we have to work towards achieving maximum electric mobility. At the same time we do not want to substitute import of crude oil with import of batteries as today most of lithium ion batteries are imported from China. We need to make batteries in India."

"After PM's 'Make in India' call, when we announced FAME in April 2015, the Auto Industry responded positively and also many new entrepreneurs came into the field to make 2, 3 wheeled e-vehicles and even e-buses are being made by entrepreneurs now. Electric-mobility has given opportunity to new entrepreneurs. Bangalore has embraced electric vehicles faster than other cities. The talk of 100% electric-mobility by 2030 created unrest in the Auto industry. Auto industry has made maximum investment by any sector in India. We need to take them along to make any vision successful and there is no need to panic. But we have to keep in mind that electric-mobility is the future and have to work towards that"  said Sh. Geete 

The minister added that the consumer should get good quality vehicles at an affordable price and not just cheap vehicles. He assured the auto industry of all cooperation from his ministry and thanked the organisers of EV Expo South and ICAT for organising this conference and the forthcoming Expo.

The was attended by more than 250 people including Policy makers, Automotive OEMs, Automotive Component Manufacturers, Automotive Start-ups, Suppliers, Academia, Test Agencies, Consultants, aggregators, technology companies and Media. The major Automotive OEMs present are TKML, Mahindra Electric, Volvo India, TATA Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Hero Moto Corp, TVS etc. The conference was a preliminary event for the 3 Day EV Expo South 2018 being organised at Chandragupta Maurya playgound in Jayanagar which will begin from Friday, 21st September

Sh. Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT said "This is the 3rd edition of 'Catylyst conference on the growth of e-mobility' and the 1st in Bengaluru. The idea of organising this conference here is to increase focus on e-vehicles in South India, specially to promote e-rickshaws which is a proven mode of sustainable mobility in its most humble form. ICAT and the organisers of EV Expo sincerely thank the Minister of Heavy Industries, Govt of India, Shri Anant G Geete for his kind presence and guidance at the inaugural session"

Starting from tomorrow, EV Expo South 2018 is the 1st edition in Bengaluru and 7th overall eco-friendly Electric Vehicle Expo being organised by Altius Auto Solutions in India. Earlier editions have been organised at  New Delhi & Kolkata. EV Expo South by ICAT offers comprehensive market information, great business opportunities and a platform for networking to the professionals and entrepreneurs of the EV industry in Southern India.

Mr.Rajiv Arora, Organizer, EV EXPO SOUTH 2018 said ''We are quite happy to bring EV EXPO to Bengaluru this year and hope that not only business visitors but general public can also come and see for themselves the options available in e-vehicles for self use as well as for public transport especially for last mile-connectvity. We sincerely thank Minister of Heavy Industries, Govt of India, Shri Anant G Geete and Minister of Parliamentry affairs Sh Anant Kumar for their support in bringing the EV Expo to the city of gardens"

EV EXPO South shall be open for visitors from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  from 21st -23rd September at  Chandragupta Maurya Playground(Shalini Grounds), Jayanagar, Bengaluru. 

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