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India Program

We support India’s ambitious renewable energy and clean mobility goals by partnering with leaders in the government and private sector on projects at the national, state, and city levels.

Read the announcement of India’s Lighthouse City here.

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What Is Our India Program?

In India, we partner with government and private-sector entities to create a shared, clean, and connected mobility future that promises to provide Indians with affordable, efficient, and reliable transportation options to support and enhance their daily lives. We are also working with a coalition of global and Indian stakeholders toward our mission of decarbonizing the buildings and electricity sectors, primarily through an innovation competition—The Global Cooling Prize—that looks to drastically reduce the amount of energy required to meet the growing demand for comfort cooling in the country.

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Why It Matters

In order for the world to achieve a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future, the most populous and highest emitting countries must play a leading role in the energy transition. While India has the third highest carbon dioxide emissions of any country and is home to 14 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, it has ambitious leadership that aims to transform the country’s energy and mobility systems and serve as an example to the rest of the world. With a rapidly growing population and GDP, India is at a critical moment for defining its energy and mobility future through investments in research and through deployment of innovative business models.

Who’s Involved

RMI is working closely with India’s premier national policy think tank, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), on thought leadership for mobility transformation, and with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), and CEPT University to host and administer the Global Cooling prize in India. We work with many additional government and industry experts to explore technologies, business models, and policies, and to develop actionable steps to help India achieve an advanced mobility and energy future.

What We're Doing

Urban Mobility Lab

We’re developing a platform to support a replicable process to transform the way goods and people move in Indian cities, by identifying, integrating, implementing, and scaling cost-effective and clean pilot projects.

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National Level Support on Mobility Solutions

We’re publishing policy briefs with and offering technical support to the national government on solutions in the mobility sector, targeting economic market segments through policy and business model innovation.

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The Global Cooling Prize

We’re hosting a competition to spur the development of a residential cooling technology that consumes five times less grid electricity than today’s standard products; at scale, such a solution could mitigate over 1 degree C in global warming. We’re working with a global coalition of partners, leaders, and innovators to administer this Prize in India.

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Transformative mobility solutions for India

In February of 2017, RMI and NITI Aayog co-hosted a charrette bringing together 75 leaders from the private and public sectors in India to brainstorm solutions to India’s mobility challenges. The resulting report establishes a vision for the future of India’s mobility system, outlines a set of actionable solutions to realize the vision, and estimates the impact of such a transformation. This report continues to be a central touchstone for a very active national conversation.

Main Bazar, Paharganj known for its concentration of hotels, lodges, restaurants, dhabas and a wide variety of shops catering to both domestic travellers and foreign tourists, especially backpackers and low-budget travellers.

India’s EV battery manufacturing opportunity

India’s “leapfrog” vision of an electric, shared, and connected mobility system may result in a $300 billion domestic market for electric vehicle (EV) batteries between now and 2030, representing more than one-third of global EV battery demand over this time period.

Policies to support India’s mobility transition

A feebate policy, optimized for India’s unique conditions, can incentivize robust production and widespread procurement of EVs without the use of public funds.

Enabling the transition to electric mobility in India

The main barriers to EV adoption—price, selection, range, charging, and consumer awareness—are falling due to steeply falling technology costs, business model innovation, and increasing connectivity. In this report, published by RMI as a thought partner for the FICCI Smart Mobility Conference, we address how India can accelerate its EV adoption by addressing these key challenges through a whole-systems approach.

Our Partners

NITI Aayog

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Ministry of Science and Technology

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AEEE

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CEPT University

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Argosy

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Tomkat

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Our Team

Iain Campbell
Managing Director
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James Newcomb
Managing Director
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Jerry Weiland
Managing Director
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Clay Stranger
Principal
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Greg Rucks
Principal
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Rushad Nanavatty
Principal
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Garrett Fitzgerald
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Robert McIntosh
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Dave Mullaney
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Todd Zeranski
Marketing Manager
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Aman Chitkara
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Michael Gartman
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Radhika Lalit
Sr. Associate
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Ryan Laemel
Sr. Associate
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Sheldon Mendonca
Sr. Associate
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Elizabeth O'Grady
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Emily Goldfield
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Marshall Abramczyk
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Samhita Shiledar
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Kelly Vaughn
Program Marketing Director
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Resources

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All

Report, 2017

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Enabling the Transition to Electric Mobility in India

Report, 2017

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India’s EV Battery Market Could Be Worth $300 Billion by 2030

Report, 2017

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