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1st 2-day MOVE: Global Mobility Summit 2018 organized by NITI Aayog held in New Delhi

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On September 7, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated MOVE: India’s ever first Global Mobility Summit organized by NITI Aayog at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
MOVE Global Mobility Summit 2018Objective:
To raise awareness in enhancing mobility and promote zero emissions.

  • The summit focused on five themes: electrification, alternative fuels, reinventing public transport, goods transport and logistics through data analytics.
  • Over 2200 participants from the government, industry, research organizations, academia, think tanks and civil society participated.
  • Components of the Summit included: the core conclave, digital exhibition, Mobility Week with Featured Events and a variety of stakeholder consultations.

Key Points:

With ‘Mobility Week’, organized by NITI Aayog kickstarts:
From 31 August to 6 September 2018, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr.Rajiv Kumar, and Chief Executive Officer Shri. Amitabh Kant, started the ‘Mobility Week’ .

  • It was mainly focused on having start-ups, academicians, corporations, policy analysts, NGOs and the government to interact for the changes in the mobility space.
  • It had 17 events in 7 days ranging from ‘Global Mobility Hackathon’ and ‘Pitch to MOVE’ to workshops and seminars.
  • Indian Railways, in partnership with NITI Aayog started a workshop on E-Mobility in Indian Railways for greener and more sustainable mode of transport.
  • IIT Delhi hosted a workshop on EVs(Electric Vehicles).
  • NITI Aayog’s MOVE Cyclathon promoted clean mobility and saw a participation of over 500 enthusiastic cyclists.
  • With various events students and innovators were given prized on ideas for transforming mobility.

Awards to felicitate Winners of “Pitch to MOVE” was given:

  • On September 4, 2018, awards to felicitate Winners of “Pitch to MOVE” was given.
  • The final round featured 32 start ups.
  • In the growth stage start-up category, Mobycy, Dockless Bike Sharing App was the winner and Flowerpot Mobility solutions, a Peer-to-peer carpooling platform was selected as runners up.
  • In the Ideation stage, Journee, an android based ticketing solution were the winners and TieTran Cycleloop, a solar powered E-bike mobility system were the runners up.

PM Modi’s vision of 7C’s and investment in technology:
On September 7, 2018, PM Modi encouraged investments in electric vehicles across the value chain from batteries to smart charging.
i. He urged better battery technology and a template that will help in adopting E-Mobility.
ii. Focus would be given on ‘Clean Kilometers’ and he declared the 7Cs of future mobility. They are:

  • Common
  • Connected
  • Convenient
  • Congestion-free
  • Charged
  • Clean
  • Cutting-edge

PM Modi met global automotive leaders
On September 7, 2018, during the Global Mobility Summit, PM Modi met the global leaders of companies like Toyota, SAIC Motor Corporation Shanghai, Bosch, ABB Limited, Hyundai Motor Company, Ford Smart Mobility LLC and Uber Aviation .

PM Modi visited the exhibitions of the summit:
In the Summit, the various technologies on display were:

  • Indian made-GPS technology and smart traffic signals,
  • Honda Cars showcased it’s hybrid and electric range of Mobile Packed World,
  • Hyundai to launch electric cars as well.
  • Suzuki Chairman O Suzuki confirmed that Maruti Suzuki will commence the testing of its electric cars starting October 2018. It plans on bringing EVs by 2020.
  • ABB had unveiled a unique fast charger called Terra High Power charger that would be launched in India. It adds up to 200 kilometres of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes.

Union Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan addressed the event:
On September 8, 2018, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan gave his view on the clean, efficient and affordable mobility system in the Global Mobility Summit.
i. The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan announced the following:

  • India will change from BS-IV to BS-VI standards,
  • India will have about 10,000 CNG stations within a decade,
  • 12 bio-refineries are being set up and steps are being taken to achieve 10% ethanol blending,
  • Bio-ATF and Bio-CNG policies will be formulated,
  • Indian Oil has tied up with the Delhi Government to introduce 50 Hydrogen  enriched CNG buses in 2019.

Other News:
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that mobility will be the key driver of jobs in India and imports of oil should be reduced to reduce vehicular pollution and give electric mobility a boost.

India is already the 5th largest producers of Solar Energy and the 6th largest producers of renewable energy in the world.