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September 18, 2017

Andhra Pradesh articulates EV roadmap for the mobility of tomorrow

Andhra Pradesh articulates EV roadmap for the mobility of tomorrow

The government of Andhra Pradesh is keen on positioning the state as India’s most attractive destination for EV manufacturing and is establishing a long-term strategy for creating an ecosystem for development of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the state.

Andhra Pradesh has a thriving ecosystem for automobile and component manufacturing with a presence of marquee players like Isuzu, Kia Motors, Hero Motors, Rockman industries, Ashok Leyland, Apollo Tyres and Amara Raja Batteries.

Mr. S.P Tucker, Executive Vice Chairman, APEDB said “Japan has come forward to collaborate with Andhra Pradesh to build an EV city in the state. This ecosystem will represent a new value chain with OEMs, suppliers, service providers, vehicle users, mobility providers, financial services and the government playing a key role”.

“The government is also engaging with players across the value chain and is soon set to hold a consultative meet with various stakeholders to ensure that the state comes with a robust policy” Mr. Tucker added.

The state plans to embark on roadshows in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan to forge partnerships in EV segment and augment the EV ecosystem in Andhra Pradesh.

Various investors have evinced interest in the manufacturing of e-autos, buses and vehicles in the state and the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) would seamlessly facilitate their entry to Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, APEDB said “The government aims to drive the EV revolution and APEDB will facilitate between various stakeholders and ensure that Andhra Pradesh rolls out a comprehensive policy. Accelerated impetus on EV will kickstart the state’s journey towards adopting cleaner technology and provide solutions for tomorrow’s mobility”.

Andhra Pradesh is also home to some of the biggest India names in Battery manufacturing like Amara Raja Batteries, HBL Power Systems, Nippo Batteries. 

Although India is yet to become self-sufficient in manufacturing Lithium batteries required to run EVs, presence of large scale battery manufacturers in the state of Andhra Pradesh would be of great advantage due to synergies and linkages in the value chain.

The APEDB is gearing up to constitute an Electric Vehicles Task Force that would coordinate and develop synergies between the departments, industry and all other key stakeholders respective to the specificity of the task force.

The task force would also coordinate with central governments and other state governments in fulfilment of its objectives and link the trajectory of state’s growth with the envisaged national growth agenda.

The APEDB has been activity engaging with players across the electric vehicles value chain and is soon set to hold a consultative meet with various stakeholders to ensure that the state comes with a robust policy.

Strengthening its position further, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is looking towards developing the required EV infrastructure, including charging stations in public spaces, encourage entrepreneurs to innovate in the EV sector and provide incentives to government transport agencies to encourage EV production.

The EV policy will be developed in line with the existing Automobile and Auto-component policy in the state.

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