Nitin Gokarn, CEO, National Automotive Testing and R&D
Infrastructure Project (NATRiP), Jonathon Eaton, CCO, Millbrook, UK and Sanjay
Bandopadhyaya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways,
Government of India inaugurated a workshop on hybrid electrical vehicles and electrical
vehicles (HEVs & EVs). The workshop was organised by International Centre for
Automotive Technology (ICAT).
I V Rao, Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited and
Dinesh Tyagi, Director-ICAT graced the the valedictory session. Ms Pamela
Tikku, Sr General Manager (Powertrain), ICAT also participated in the workshop.
After three successful workshops on Hybrid & EV
Technology in April 2011, September 2012 and September 2013 to promote the
sustainable technology of Hybrid Vehicles and Electric Vehicles, ICAT continued
its endeavour towards further creating awareness on the implementation of HEV
and EV technology in the Indian market and learning from global developments in
the said field.
The 4th workshop on Hybrid & Electric Vehicles was held
in New Delhi on September 25-26, 2014. This 4th workshop is a striving effort
by ICAT to build a platform for discussion and communication for the industry
and with a hope that the new ideas and new proposals put up by the experts
could be summarised as new measures for the development of future
According to a press release issued by ICAT, the government
has shown optimism and interest towards the development of a policy, wherein,
it is proposed to create a national level apex inter-ministerial structure to
address the challenges toward promoting domestic manufacturing of
hybrid/electric vehicles in India. On January 9, 2013, the then Prime Minister
of India Manmohan Singh had unveiled the National Electric Mobility Mission
Plan 2020. The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 focuses strongly on
building domestic capabilities through R&D and a strong local supply chain
for the new technologies.
The speakers for the workshop were from leading Research
& Development organisations like, AVL, FEV, Hella Etas, Horiba, MathWorks,
KPIT, Tata Motors, Ricardo, Ansys and Denso.
Jonathon Eaton, CCO, Millbrook, UK addressing delegates at the workshop