If you take a taxi in Nagpur, it could soon be one of 300 electric vehicles (EV) that are trialed as part of a feasibility study aimed at promoting green mobility.
This is just one example of progress towards less environmentally damaging transport. FAME-India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric (Hybrid) Vehicles in India), a scheme under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP), predicts that by 2020, 6-7 million 2, 3 and 4 wheeled electric vehicles will be on Indian roads. Collaborate to create better, greener future for commerce and society Click To Tweet
Deutsche Bank estimates that EVs could account for 9% of all Indian vehicles. This figure is higher than the 5% forecast by the government which predicts a saving of more than 2.5 million tons of liquid fuel with consequent reduction of greenhouse gases and pollution. With oil imports rising to 92% of the total consumption in the next three years from 85% in 2010, this is a welcome environmental and economic move since transportation accounts for 30% of the worldwide energy consumption and contributes 20% of global CHGs. (NEMMP figures)
Electric and hybrid vehicles will reduce oil consumption if they are supported by charging infrastructure roll-out, better fuel refining and universal availability of cleaner energy alternatives such as biofuel and compressed natural gas (CNG). As part of the overall Make In India strategy, many of these much-needed improvements are currently underway.
India is also introducing the stringent Euro 6 vehicle emissions regulations along with improvements to road networks in a bid to cut emissions. Building bypasses, and ring roads will take pollution from city centers. A soon to be introduced end of life policy will see the worst polluting trucks, buses and other vehicles being withdrawn from service and replaced with clean alternatives.
New inter-city train lines and up to 35 city metro projects will offer people more choices for green mobility. New ways of achieving transport are planned to make it possible in many cities to use pay-to-ride pedal bikes, electric or other internet bookable vehicles almost as though they are self-owned, with convenience and flexibility but no ownership responsibility or fixed costs. A van one day, a small car and a bike the next and nothing the day after is the ideal for many city dwellers.
The business opportunities from this revolution in Indian transport are exciting, economically significant and environmentally beneficial. Our partnerships with vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure planners, natural resource enterprises, and cities are accelerating the drive towards cleaner mobility.
This revolution is happening on many levels. For example, through design and analysis simulation individual vehicle components are getting lighter and stronger. Meanwhile, complex interrelated vehicle systems are becoming more efficient because 3D mechatronic simulation enables the creation, study, and evaluation of accurate multi-physics models early during the concept design stage. These demonstrate to engineers and other non-technical stakeholders exactly how, for example, petrol hybrid / EVs will perform. Simulating vehicles within a digitally simulated smart city shows how people and transportation systems interact and how today’s planning decisions will impact the future. Know how 3D simulation is transforming mobility in India. Click To Tweet
With this complete vision of the smallest parts the biggest picture, planners, managers and other private, government and business stakeholders can engage with each other collaborating to create better, greener futures for commerce and society.
Many mobility companies that we work with use 3D simulation technology to ensure positive outcomes from their development decision. They do this by simulating not only the design and manufacturing of products but also their usages. In this way, companies can innovate with a broader range of options because technology allows them to factor in much more what-if scenarios. Simulating processes and activities indicates where improvements can be made and where potential problems lie. By intelligently connecting people, customers, and partners to reduce resource redundancies, complexity can be mastered. This process enables manufacturers to offer more attractive and innovative options to their customers with less risk and at a lower cost to themselves.
Mobility is a widely variable, often emotional and social experience. To capture global market share, providers must appeal to those emotions and communities by crossing boundaries to discover new ideas to validate and then turn them into tomorrow’s profitable products and services.