The global auto and mobility industry gathered at the MOVE :: Global Mobility Summit at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 7th and 8th September. Hosted by NITI Aayog after extensive consultations with state committees and task forces from all parts of India. Chairmen/CEOs of Toyota, Suzuki, Ford, Daimler-Benz, Bosch, Mahindra, Ford, Tata Motors, Spicejet and host of other companies spoke and discussed many ideas and the way forward.
NITI Aayog setup various tracks of discussions to drive Mobility in India towards being CONNECTED, EMISSION FREE, EFFICIENT, ACCESSIBLE, SHARED, AFFORDABLE and INCLUSIVE
Many ideas around maximizing asset utilization and services, electrification and alternative fuels, reinventing public transport, goods transport and logistics and using data and analytics for improving transportation were discussed.
Inaugurated by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, who spoke about India being on the MOVE – its youth, its cities, its reforms and its economy, urged the gathering to further the “ease of living” through the mobility sector. He gave the gathering his mantra of 7 Cs for improving mobility – Common, Connected, Convenient, Clean, Congestion-free, Charged and Cutting Edge.
The NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant assured the audience that all ideas will be followed up and converted to policies and implementation plans! He exhorted the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to create test beds in Nagpur and Pune and demonstrate showcases that can be replicated around the country.
Key takeaways from the Summit:
- Personal transportation options – cars and two-wheelers with conventional fossil fuels are big polluters and are grossly under-utilized throughout the day – they are the major reason for pollution and congestion on the streets
- Public Transport is key to improving Mobility – get cars off the road, can’t add roads infinitely!
- All modes of clean transport should be provided – buses, three wheelers, two-wheelers, waterways-catamarans, metros, new solutions around electrified truck transport and hyperloops!
- Solutions with all kinds of sustainable fuels should be supported – bio-ethanol, electric, hydrogen fuel, etc. Experiment and scale what succeeds
- Create innovative models for electric charging stations and swappables – charging stations at 60,000+ petrol stations around the country
- Smart Cities should support Non-Motorised Transport – walking, cycling
- New business models for shared mobility, charging stations and PPP models for bus based transport should be devised to make them successful
- EVs are not just about EV-Cars, but include eCycles, eScooters and eBuses!
- Collect data from transport systems and use analytics to meet demand and improve services
- Need for institutional models that manage multi-modal transport systems for a city/region and delivers comfortable connectivity that consumers need!
- Create streetscapes in cities that support walking, cycling – mobility is key to ease of living
The event had participants gather in the evening at the surreal setting of the Humayun Tomb, world heritage site for a lovely musical evening and dinner. The evening event was world class – much better than many of the insipid dinners at various conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando, Cannes, Paris-Louvre, Singapore, etc.
Yulu is well on its way to implementing the vision and mission of the MOVE Summit – working on micro-mobility models, providing clean, charged (soon), convenient and connected solutions for the first and last mile to connect mass rapid transport systems with commuters. We are providing solutions in multiple cities to help people COMMUTE, run ERRANDS, Reduce EMISSIONS and stay FIT and HEALTHY!