India is determined to move into the smart mobility world, writes Markus Pfefferer
The Indian mobility sector is currently a mass of contradictions. Undoubtedly, it has garnered political will, and the major automakers in the country see electric vehicles (EVs) and connectivity as the way forward. However, they also realise that this requires radical change, if not a total disruption of current business culture.
Underscoring Tata Motors’ focus on shared and connected mobility, Guenter Butschek, managing director and chief executive of Tata Motors, said at a recent conference hosted by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association that automakers need to explore new technologies and focus on start-ups as the industry needs to learn to take risks.
However, despite rumblings among the top echelons, there is still little awareness of the progress being made at ground level. This was clearly underlined by a shareholder of Mahindra & Mahindra—the country’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by a considerable margin—who asked managing director Pawan Goenka when the company will launch electric vehicles.Automotive World