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Ryan Laemel

  • India Program

Ryan is a principal with RMI’s India program, where he supports India’s transition to clean mobility. He leads research, project, and convening work on electric vehicles and urban mobility. His research focuses on addressing barriers to electric vehicle adoption and advising government agencies on incorporating international best practices into national and state policy and incentive programs. Ryan established and helps run RMI’s Urban Mobility Lab initiative, which works with Indian states and cities on the design and implementation of clean mobility solutions. The work has resulted in the design of some of the most effective state EV policies and the largest electric bus procurements in the country.


Before focusing on India, Ryan worked directly with RMI’s founder, Amory Lovins, supporting his research and engagements in nearly 10 countries.

Prior to joining RMI, Ryan worked at Yale University, where he led the design, implementation, and scaling of an internal carbon pricing program for campus buildings.


B.Sc., Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

Gerald R. Ford Scholar


Basalt, CO



Why I Love Working At RMI

“I’m inspired by our people, from our staff to our clients, and how our collaborative approach leverages the power of many to turn aspirational into achievable.”

Authored Works

Preparing India for 5,500 Electric Buses

COVID-19 measures have strained India’s public transport operators, causing financial losses and impacting ridership and service levels. Ensuring safe public transport and restoring demand are top short-term priorities for the sector. As the country’s cities and state transport undertakings (STUs) rebound, it is essential that they continue to work toward…


A Blue-Sky Vision: Clean Energy and Mobility in India’s Recovery

This article was co-authored by Jagabanta Ningthoujam​. We at Rocky Mountain Institute have been working in India for the past five years, supporting government and business leaders with the country’s energy transition. Yet a few of us have just started to call Delhi our home. Over the past year we…


RMI’s India Program Launches the Urban Mobility Lab

When Rocky Mountain Institute’s cofounder and chief scientist, Amory Lovins, first met with Indian government officials in March 2016 to explore opportunities for collaboration, India’s ambitions in renewable energy and clean transportation were quickly moving from idea to action. More than two years later, India continues to make progress toward…


RMI’s 2017 Micropower Database Release: Electricity Generation from Micropower Is on the Rise while Nuclear Power’s Output Share Continues to Flatline

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) just released its 2017 Micropower Database, a compilation of global generation and capacity data for low-carbon micropower and nuclear electricity sources. “Micropower” refers to sources of electricity that are relatively small, modular, mass-producible, quick-to-deploy, and hence rapidly scalable. For the purposes of this database, it means…


India’s Mobility Leapfrog

While the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement may seem to have steered global climate action into the breakdown lane, India is signaling a switch to the fast lane that could define the transition to low-carbon mobility in emerging economies. In March 2016, Minister Piyush Goyal set India’s sights on…