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India's Mobility Transformation Vision

India’s “leapfrog ” opportunity to create a shared, electric, and connected mobility future promises to provide Indians with clean, affordable, efficient, and reliable transportation options to support and enhance their daily lives.

What is our India Program?

RMI has partnered with India’s premier national policy think tank, The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) to create a shared, electric, and connected mobility future that promises to provide Indians with clean, affordable, efficient, and reliable transportation options to support and enhance their daily lives. The report, titled India Leaps Ahead, summarizing the findings from the charrette, was released in May 2017.

Why It Matters

This transformation could sharply reduce fossil-fuel costs and import dependency, cut hazardous air and carbon emissions, fuel job creation and homegrown innovation, and support the growth of India’s economy. Initial estimates suggest that shifting to a shared, electric, and connected passenger mobility paradigm may avoid as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide emissions between 2017 and 2030, and $60 billion in annual petrol/diesel costs in 2030. This bold vision for India’s mobility future and a set of actionable solutions designed to help achieve it were developed by a group of 75 government and industry experts during a charrette co-convened by the Indian government’s premier think-tank, NITI Aayog, and RMI in February 2017 in New Delhi.

What We’re Doing

The India Leaps Ahead report identified 12 actionable solutions to accelerate India’s mobility transformation and proposed a change model to support deployment and scaling of the identified solutions. “Lighthouse regions” are a critical aspect of this change model. Testing, validating, and assembling components of the new mobility system in several lighthouse regions can help India prepare for and achieve national deployment. To jumpstart the first lighthouse region, RMI and NITI Aayog will partner with a leading state in India to conduct a three-day, intensive accelerator program designed to bring a portfolio of projects from concept to fundable pilot. Projects could include market based solutions, government projects, and public-private partnerships.

RMI and NITI Aayog also will partner with a leading state government to conduct a mobility project incubator and accelerator program to deploy integrated solutions at scale in a region of India.

Who’s Involved

RMI is working closely with NITI Aayog and leading government and industry experts to explore technologies, business models, and policies, and develop actionable steps to help India leapfrog traditional approaches to passenger mobility and achieve an advanced mobility future.

What We’ve Accomplished

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All, a report produced by NITI Aayog and RMI and based on inputs from the NITI Aayog and RMI Transformative Mobility Solutions Charrette in February 2017, 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. The report details a “leapfrog” opportunity that may allow India to save as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions between 2017 and 2030, and approximately US$60 billion in annual diesel and petrol costs in 2030. These savings are made possible by the synergistic impact of improvements in systems, manufacturing, and shared infrastructure, including better urban design, high-utilization business models, accelerated adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and other levers. Pursuing this path for mobility development would enhance energy security, reduce air pollution and carbon emissions, and create dynamic economic opportunities.

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Our Team

James Newcomb
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Clay Stranger
Principal
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Robert McIntosh
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Todd Zeranski
Marketing Manager
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Aman Chitkara
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Ryan Laemel
Sr. Associate
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Emily Goldfield
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Marshall Abramczyk
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Samhita Shiledar
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Resources

Report

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Electric Vehicle Battery and Feebate Solutions—2017.

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Report

Enabling the Transition to Electric Mobility in India—2017.

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Report

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All—2017.

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