The conference focused on the role to be played by the Indian welding industry to keep pace with the disruptions around, in keeping with the latest EV trends
Mumbai, July 11, 2018
CII had organised a conference on electric vehicles (EV) on Friday (July 6, 2018) in Mumbai to discuss the changing landscape of electric vehicles in India and the challenges & opportunities before the auto makers in EV arena. The National E-Mobility Programme, which aims to achieve 100 per cent e-mobility by 2030 in India, is a step towards ushering in an era of clean, green and future-oriented technologies in the country. While the market is getting ready to grow in India, leading to tremendous opportunities throughout the supply chain, there will be opportunities and challenges for all the associated sectors, principal among them the welding fraternity in the country, where instrumental changes are perceived to happen.
The CII conference focused on the role to be played by the Indian welding industry to keep pace with the disruptions around, in keeping with the latest EV trends. “The biggest challenge for electric vehicles, in terms of manufacturing, will be light weighting. To increase the mileage (distance travelled in single full-charge) of EV reducing the weight is paramount. Car makers are experimenting with new materials and manufacturing processes to achieve this objective. Of the new materials, aluminium is an ideal alternative to steel as it is light weight compared to steel and offers similar properties,” said Vishwanath Kamath, Managing Director, Fronius India, which provides innovative solutions in the area of welding for automotive manufacturers.
Many auto makers are poised to launch a number of new EVs over the next few years, and hence will be facing a number of challenges – key being costs, battery technology, travel range anxiety, ease of charging among others. Further, there is an opportunity in India, to interlink the fates of solar power and electrical vehicles, given that EVs have batteries that can offer a storage solution to India’s clean energy push.
Speaking on the occasion, D G Salpekar, GM (eVehicles), Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), said, “At present, cost of lithium ion battery in an electric vehicle accounts for about 50 per cent of EV cost. Though the running cost of EV is very low compared to petrol or diesel run vehicles, wider acceptance of EV will depend on lowering the buying prices and putting in place robust & reliable charging infrastructure across the country.”
Some of the other speakers at the conference included Nishant Arya (Executive Director, JBM Group), Zafar Equbal (CEO, Goenka Electric Motor), Ayush Lohia (CEO, Lohia Auto Industries Pvt Ltd), Anu Gupta (Head – Skills, Inclusive Growth and Investment Team, DFID India), Yuvraj Sarda (Senior Manager - Strategy, Sun Mobility), Vikas Swami (Vice President, KUKA India), Guruprasad Mudlapur (MD, Bosch Automotive Electronics India); Ajay Gurjar (Deputy COO & Head - Business Operations, Robotics Division, Yaskawa India Pvt Ltd), Sudhir Sanna (Robotics and Vision Automation – Chief Sales Officer, O.L.C.I Engineering India Pvt Ltd), etc.