Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Arvind Ganpat Sawant inaugurated a new testing and development facility at International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) at Manesar, Haryana.
Along with the inauguration of the new testing facility, a technology appreciation drive was also organized to showcase the technical advantage of hybrid vehicles as compared to conventional fuel vehicles.
India should focus on the local requirements of the customers and industry while developing a policy framework for India said minister Arvind Sawant. The solutions which are relevant to other countries may not be relevant in the Indian context on the as-is-where-is basis he added.
Sawant further emphasized the need to take into consideration the Indian industry and ancillary industry before undertaking new technological advancements.
Speaking about E-waste management, the minister cautioned that the management of E-waste is becoming a matter of grave concern and needs to be addressed. He further stressed that the import of Lithium should not replace the import of crude as we migrate towards e-vehicles.
At the inauguration, ICAT members presented the outcome of the technical assessments carried out on various xEVs, the details of these with the econometric models will be showcased at the NuGen Mobility Summit 2019.
In a run-up to NuGen Mobility Summit, a technology appreciation workshop was held for government agencies like the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, State governments, BEE and RTOs on November 8, at ICAT Manesar in the presence of minister Arvind Sawant. Along with the workshop, ICAT – Centre 2 facilities and seminar center (Test track and Administrative and Auditorium Block) located at IMT Manesar was inaugurated by Mr. Sawant in the presence of ICAT Director, Dinesh Tyagi.