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Government sets up National Board for Electric Mobility

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In a bid to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric/hybrid vehicles and their components, Central Government constituted National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) on 3rd April 2017.

  • Concept of National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) dates back to the tenure of previous United Progressive alliance (UPA) Govt., wherein the then Prime Minister Manhohan Singh had approved the proposal to launch National Mission for Electric Mobility and setting up of a National Council for Electric Mobility and National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM).

Structure of National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM):

Chairperson: Secretary of Department of Heavy Industry

Members: Senior Bureaucrats including Secretaries in the Department of Revenue, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Power and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Nominated Members: 6 nominated members comprising renowned experts, academicians and researchers from automobile industry. Vikram Kirloskar, CMD of Kirloskar Systems Ltd, Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra and Mahindra, Vinod Dashari, MD of Ashok Leyland, Sudarshan Venu, Joint MD of TVS Motors and Annamalai Hemalatha, MD of Ampere Vehicles Ltd are the big names who have been nominated so far.

Tenure of Nominated Members: 2 years, or until further government order, whichever is earlier. If their services are required they can even be re-nominated for an additional term.

Sub-committees: NBEM is also authorised to form sub-committees for seeking recommendations on specific aspects.

Functions of National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM):

  • To examine, formulate and propose short-term and long-term plan and outlines of the mission programme on electric mobility, its objectives, quantifiable results and roles/responsibilities of various stakeholders.
  • It will propose and put forth policy guidelines, government interventions and actionable Government sets up National Board for Electric Mobilitystrategies for promoting electric mobility and for encouraging manufacture of electric vehicles in the India.
  • To explore and recommend collaborations/tie-ups/agreements with leading Research & Development centres globally for technology acquisitions and obtaining technical expertise for the Indian industry.
  • In case of differences of opinion among various ministries, NBEM will coordinate to resolve the same.
  • To examine, recommend, track and review electric mobility related Research & Development projects and pilot projects and to evaluate and propose sustainable business models for creating awareness about electric mobility.
  • NBEM will formulate strategies and give directions to various ministries and other stakeholders for implementing the decisions of the National Council for Electric Mobility.