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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.

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. Since April 2019, Rocky Mountain Institute and RMI India have been collaborating on various projects.

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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Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

RMI is working with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to support Indian cities in approaching mobility in a holistic manner. This work has included developing a set of capacity-building documents on the topics of e-mobility, freight, and mobility data to serve as a guide for integrated, long-term policy planning and project implementation.

Shared mobility, efficient freight, and data-driven transportation

In September of 2018, RMI served as a knowledge partner for MOVE, a global mobility summit hosted by the Government of India. RMI co-authored three reports with NITI Aayog on the topics of shared mobility, efficient freight, and the role of data in the transportation sector. The reports were presented to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at the inaugural session.

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.

Our Team

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James Newcomb
Managing Director

Clay Stranger
Senior Principal

Garrett Fitzgerald

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Dave Mullaney

Ryan Laemel

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Emily Goldfield
Senior Associate

Marshall Abramczyk
Senior Associate

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Samhita Shiledar
Senior Associate

Vindhya Tripathi
Director of Communications

Audrey Allen
Program Coordinator

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Pranav Lakhina


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 Leaps Ahead: Feebates—An Important Policy Lever for India’s Future Mobility System

Report, 2017

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

Report, 2017

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Goods on the Move: Efficiency and Sustainability in Indian Logistics

Report, 2018

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Moving Forward Together: Enabling Shared Mobility in India

Report, 2018

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Data-Driven Mobility: Improving Passenger Transportation Through Data

Report, 2018

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Deploying EV Charging Infrastructure in Maharashtra

Report, 2018

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