Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has been at the forefront of championing greater EV adoption and headed the steering committee that produced a detailed report last year laying down a road map for the switch to electric mobility. In an interview, he expressed optimism about the journey.
How do the geopolitical tensions with China affect our EV roadmap?
I see it as a good thing. This will force us to indigenize faster. Manufacturers like Mahindra, Kinetic, and Ather already have indigenized substantially. We should aim for greater indigenization and when circumstances force us, we will get there faster. This is how Maruti evolved. We are already a hub for compact car manufacturing and are the world’s largest manufacturer of 2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, and trucks. What’s the big deal about EVs?
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