How can the automobile industry help boost India's green effort?

India has not forgotten the heart-rending plight of incessant floods in the coastal areas in recent years nor it can stay inert when devastating soil erosion in the hilly areas are adding to the tragic toll while it has come extremely hard on many frontline industries like automobile to bring disruptive innovations that can put a dent on the increasing effects of climate change, global warming, and pollution. The series of challenges that clouds India surely need tasks of exponential proportions; prior to that, we also need to ask ourselves are we ready to accept disruptive innovations that would need Herculean efforts from all parties? Surely, it takes a lot of painstaking lessons and collaboration at the highest level.

E SCOOTY The challenges that come with climate change are like facing a turbulent open sea in a wooden boat but the good things are already in the vicinity, at least optimists agree. There are many sectors like construction and manufacturing, energy, healthcare, automotive, etc. that are evolving with rapid disruptive innovations in product design, advanced material science, technology, and service. For example, the transformation of the automotive sector from ICEV to EVs has been monumental, which has given a massive relief to the world, including developing nations like India when it comes to achieving zero vehicular emissions. Is India close to a miracle in electric mobility?

India is a vast country where population, demography, and road connectivity denote elephantine parameters i.e. we are still in the 1st generation. But firms like Amo Mobility are taking exponential leaps to boost India’s green effort with impressive works on electric mobility. But, it is a future talk, something which end users would rarely excavate while on enterprise-level, things are ascending to the right curve as we keep pushing our limits to solve the problems. With the right leadership, technical and creative skills, manufacturers of electric vehicles can definitely aid India to a greener atmosphere.

 

Problems and Challenges For Automotive Industry

A. Cleaner Mobility:

 This is one area, which manufacturers can constantly exploit nearing disruptions to help India achieve carbon neutrality with zero vehicular emissions. This will include working on different subjects like motors, batteries, wheels, lights, etc. The rule is “simpler and lighter, the better”. For example, the overall weight, friction, and exhaust system have changed drastically towards a downward trend over the last 6-7 years. Not only does it help gain efficiency but also limit emissions comprehensively. Working on advanced power solutions for the EV with renewable energy is certainly a primer because this is paramount to achieving carbon neutrality. Considering friction, manufacturers can identify a solution that can see acoustic technology regulating the sound by enhanced sound absorption mechanism while trimming down the number of components with digitization and advanced material science will too synchronize with the issue. This is one area, Amo Mobility is definitely seen.

B. Navigation:

There are over 100 cities in India having a population between 2-5 lakh that can see painful traffic jams sometimes. The technology to fix this issue needs to be agile and safe while considering frequent commuting in the rush. In this sector, advanced sensors and LIDAR tech can help EVs to move safely even in traffic jams. Both two-wheelers and three-wheelers can see massive scope in the navigation space. Moving around in the cities having narrow streets can also be made comfortable through the right use of navigation science. Disruptions with sensors to check surroundings have already arrived and EVs have seen their implementation in countries like Germany and Japan. Luckily, India has been on the sweet spot regarding technology transfer with those allies. Navigation tech will help beat the traffic rush, reduce road surface temperature and sound pollution that can bring a greener environment for India.

C. Nanotechnology:

Things like nanotechnology are rapidly taking shape with breathtaking results that are unilaterally helping multiple sectors connected with electric mobility. Within the automotive industry, electric vehicles like electric bikes, electric scooters and e scooty etc can be revolutionized with cutting-edge nanotechnology solutions. For example, 3D printing coupled with nanotechnology is a key solution where manufacturing becomes cheaper and faster with more accurate design apparatus. This will ultimately reduce the overall cost of the EVs for mass adoption at a rapid scale.

Amo Mobility is looking to raise $200 million in the next 3 years for R&D, product design, and expansion in the country to help fulfill its Paris Climate Summit goals by 2026.

The feature is written by Sushant Kumar, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO and MD of Amo Mobility, who carries a vast amount of experience in the auto sector. Sushant, a metallurgical and material science graduate from NIT Jamshedpur had a stint with auto giants like Tata Motors while he has traveled extensively in the APAC region as part of global sourcing.

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