KERALA GOVERNMENT CONDUCTS ELECTRIC MOBILITY EXPO AND CONFERENCE

Kerala Government hosted an electric mobility expo and conference on June 29th and 30th 2019, bringing together state and central ministries as well as leaders of electric mobility industries with an objective to create awareness about new technology transforming the future of transportation in Kerala. As part of the conference, Chief Minister laid ambitious target of 1 million electric vehicles on its road by 2022 as well a full-electric public transport system in the city of Thiruvanthapuram in 12 months.  

The one-million electric vehicles in state would include a pilot fleet of about 3000 electric buses, 2,00,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three wheelers and 1000 goods vehicles. The state has also initiated steps towards implementing charging infrastructure, two among which were inaugurated as part of the EV conference and expo. Kerala Government also plans to earmark e-mobility zones in popular tourist locations such as Munnar, Kovalam and Bekal.

The conference witnessed 400 participants in two days conducted across 10 sessions. The solutions and clean energy products were showcased by 30 OEMs, mobility start-ups, research and educational institutions. Around 80 speakers from various sectors contributed towards the discussion.

The conference has tried to strengthen the electric vehicle eco-system of OEMs, dealers, buyers, charging infrastructure providers and financial institutions in Kerala. To streamline this objective, Government of Kerala formed 10 working groups for:

  • E-bus promotion
  • E-cars, E-autos & E-motor cycles promotion
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Funding of E-mobility
  • EV manufacturing & components manufacturing in Kerala
  • EV retrofitment
  • Building public awareness for faster adoption of EVs
  • Building networks of OEMs, dealers and buyers
  • Institutional framework for amendment of relevant laws
  • Formulation of high-powered committee

The conference and expo established that Kerala is going about its e-mobility programme in a focussed manner and across mobility options like rail and water ferries. According to Principal Secretary (Transport) KR Jyothilal, two Green Mobility Corridors have been identified in Kochi. A carbon-neutral, solar, semi high-speed rail corridors, water-metro hybrid ferries in Kochi are also projects underway implementation discussion.

Also, the state thrives to be a manufacturer in the electric mobility sector, with the state-run Kerala Automotives Ltd (KAL) planning to manufacture upto 8000 electric Kerala Neem G autorickshaws in a year. KAL also plans to sign a contract with Swiss electric bus manufacturer HESS to assemble and manufacture e-buses.

The conference included sessions not only regarding electric vehicles but also for an integrated mobility development with topics like eco-system for public transport focussing on E-buses, last mile connectivity using EVs, institutional framework and funding for E-mobility, green freight movement as well as sustainable water transport through clean energy establishing that the state is accelerating to be carbon neutral state from all sides.

KERALA GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED ELECTRIC MOBILITY EXPO AND CONFERENCE

Kerala Government hosted an electric mobility expo and conference on June 29th and 30th 2019, bringing together state and central ministries as well as leaders of electric mobility industries with an objective to create awareness about new technology transforming the future of transportation in Kerala. As part of the conference, Chief Minister laid ambitious target of 1 million electric vehicles on its road by 2022 as well a full-electric public transport system in the city of Thiruvanthapuram in 12 months.  

The one-million electric vehicles in state would include a pilot fleet of about 3000 electric buses, 2,00,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three wheelers and 1000 goods vehicles. The state has also initiated steps towards implementing charging infrastructure, two among which were inaugurated as part of the EV conference and expo. Kerala Government also plans to earmark e-mobility zones in popular tourist locations such as Munnar, Kovalam and Bekal.

The conference witnessed 400 participants in two days conducted across 10 sessions. The solutions and clean energy products were showcased by 30 OEMs, mobility start-ups, research and educational institutions. Around 80 speakers from various sectors contributed towards the discussion.

The conference has tried to strengthen the electric vehicle eco-system of OEMs, dealers, buyers, charging infrastructure providers and financial institutions in Kerala. To streamline this objective, Government of Kerala formed 10 working groups for:

  • E-bus promotion
  • E-cars, E-autos & E-motor cycles promotion
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Funding of E-mobility
  • EV manufacturing & components manufacturing in Kerala
  • EV retrofitment
  • Building public awareness for faster adoption of EVs
  • Building networks of OEMs, dealers and buyers
  • Institutional framework for amendment of relevant laws
  • Formulation of high-powered committee

The conference and expo established that Kerala is going about its e-mobility programme in a focussed manner and across mobility options like rail and water ferries. According to Principal Secretary (Transport) KR Jyothilal, two Green Mobility Corridors have been identified in Kochi. A carbon-neutral, solar, semi high-speed rail corridors, water-metro hybrid ferries in Kochi are also projects underway implementation discussion.

Also, the state thrives to be a manufacturer in the electric mobility sector, with the state-run Kerala Automotives Ltd (KAL) planning to manufacture upto 8000 electric Kerala Neem G autorickshaws in a year. KAL also plans to sign a contract with Swiss electric bus manufacturer HESS to assemble and manufacture e-buses.

The conference included sessions not only regarding electric vehicles but also for an integrated mobility development with topics like eco-system for public transport focussing on E-buses, last mile connectivity using EVs, institutional framework and funding for E-mobility, green freight movement as well as sustainable water transport through clean energy establishing that the state is accelerating to be carbon neutral state from all sides.