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Scoping study for the Design of a Sustainable Electric Mobility Project in India

The aim of the project is to understand which measures are successful in promoting electrification of public transport in Switzerland and which of these could be introduced in India. The project is a collaboration between cKinetics Consulting based in India, INE, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

Initial situation and objectives

The goal of the project is to develop the foundation for a long-term intervention strategy to support India towards a sustainable electric mobility future encompassing private, public and goods transportation. Based on literature review, synthesis of market action and stakeholder analysis on possibilities for India, a policy and action roadmap specific to India building off Indo-Swiss collaboration and leveraging additional insights from the rest of the world will be recommended.

To reach the goal of lower emissions, the focus will not only be on technologies and research areas of the electric mobility sector but also on possibilities for sustainable power generation, power supply possibilities to overcome inadequate strength and stability of the power grid due to higher energy consumption resulting from loading the batteries of the electric vehicles. In addition, facets of battery waste management will be analyzed in two ways:

  1. Giving the batteries a second life in large battery storages, supporting decentralized power supply to overcome the extended power need due to loading electric vehicles
  2. Battery Recycling

The team will focus on identification of not known and already implemented solutions but, also projects which are in a development stage in research facilities.

The result of the project will be an overview of possibilities for policies and regulation, but also for technologies related to the vehicles and the infrastructure necessary to craft a transformation towards sustainable mobility. We will qualitatively evaluate the possibilities based on adaptability, financial burden and decreasing emission. We furthermore will provide an overview of support possibilities and collaboration opportunities between India and Switzerland and will show potential global links for further engagements.

Project schedule

The proposed study will rely on an assessment and feedback approach leveraging expertise of the team in the sustainable mobility and urban transportation systems including market and policy instruments, technology transition models and green/sustainable finance. The following elements are central to our approach:

At a glance

Participating Institutes ZHAW:

Project Partners:

Project Leader ZHAW:

Staff Members ZHAW INE and IEFE:

  • Dr. Manuel Räber, Michael Stiebe, Peter Latzke, Raphael Hörler

Project Status:

  • ongoing