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Future automobile electrification technologies and strategy for low carbon society in India - A Special Talk by Sri. Raju Ketkale and Interaction with Sri Jagadish Shettar, Honable Minister for Large & Medium Ind, GoK Dec 19, 2019

The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) organized a special talk by Mr. Raju Ketkale, Member, Management Committee, BCIC and Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Future automobile electrification technologies and strategy for low carbon society in India and Interaction with Sri Jagadish Shettar, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, GoK on December 19, 2019 in Bangalore.

Mr. Devesh Agarwal, President, BCIC in his address said BCIC believes that various governments in India should adopt a technology-neutral approach to Zero Emissions. The government should define macro-level goals to be achieved by the year 2040 or 2050, with increasingly strict norms for mileage and emissions every five years. It could be hybrid, electric, fuel cell, hydrogen, or any other technology which is still unimagined today. State Governments have a significant role in encouraging the penetration and adoption of ZEVs since they control road taxes and permits. Sadly, Karnataka has some of the highest road taxes in the country, Presided, BCIC added. Being an open supporter of lean innovation and advocator of green policies, he said that EVs can revolutionise transportation globally and the way to go for India in the automobile sector.

President, BCIC further said that hybrid cars have been delivering on the promise of low-emission and high-mileage around the world for a long time now. The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce urges both the State and Central government to incentivize the hybrid car segment to accelerate our march towards lower emissions.

Mr. Raju Ketkale, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor made a comprehensive presentation covering on Electrification Core Technology; Hybrid Electrical Vehicle, Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology, Toyota’s Global experience of electrification, India Electrification perspective, Make in India – Way Forward and Global - electrification impact on society.

He presented in detail on Toyota’s strategy for electrification, New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenges, Development of Core Electrification components and 360 degree approach for Product, Technology & Infrastructure that is the main key to address global issues on Energy Security, Pollution & Global Warming.

Mr. Ketkale further urged the members to visit ECO ZONE at TKM Plaza, Bangalore, a unique initiative from Toyota in creating awareness to the stakeholders as well to experience about Toyota thinking for “0” carbon mobility, Smart Green Battery Energy storage system and Solar energy for charging (Prius PHEV, COMS).

Mr. Jagadish Shettar appreciated BCIC for creating the requisite platform bringing together captains of industry to discuss in detail the opportunities for growth and adoption of EV and provide strategic inputs on key trends in battery technology, charging infrastructure, etc.

The Minister said that presently, Karnataka a 216 US billion-dollar economy growing at 9.6 per annum, offers plenty of investment potential and has become a leading destination for businesses as it provides a globally cost competitive manufacturing environment. The future of Electric Mobility is in Karnataka and the State has emerged as a frontrunner, determined to play a vital role in driving EV penetration. The State Government is focused to embrace innovation towards zero-emission mobility and further strengthen its leadership in clean vehicles. Karnataka is one of the 10 states to have taken a lead with a separate policy in 2017 and aims to become an EV Manufacturing Hub and for developing Battery Technology. Government of Karnataka is sending out a clear signal to the industry and investors that its goal is to accelerate adoption of clean powered electric mobility in Karnataka. The Minister further said that batteries comprise 30 per cent of the cost of an EV, one of the most expensive components in the entire unit, and the State Government is focused to get local manufacturing of these batteries up and running as soon as possible.

The Minister highlighted on various initiatives the State Government is embarking in order to maintain lead position such as Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and EV (FAME India II Scheme); Installations and fast charging operations of EV at BESCOM; proposal of hiring more EV buses for BMTC; Develop EV cluster in the State and dedicated fund for EV mobility / manufacturing sector, the Minister further added.

The event was attended by the Captains of the Industries in large numbers.