An electric mobility future for India requires the cooperation and leadership of reform oriented Indian states who have considerable authority over the power and transportation sectors. A number of obstacles stand in the way of states’ ambitions regarding electric vehicles (EVs), including limited EV model availability, high vehicle prices, limited availability of charging infrastructure, limited usage convenience, and low consumer awareness. Expanding U.S. technical partnerships with Indian states could potentially be an important tool in promoting low-carbon mobility in India. Through sustainable working relationships, government stakeholders are keen to learn from each other as they advance in their respective agendas of mobility research, deployment, and access.

This project aims to enable the deployment of U.S. best practices within Indian states to accelerate their pace of achieving the electric mobility transition. The focus is on strengthening peer relationships between U.S. and Indian states, promoting realistic manufacturing policies, and developing holistic standards. Through this project, CSIS is convening regular workshops and meetings to bring together stakeholders from the public sector, business, and civil society. The range of topics that CSIS has already covered through this collaboration is commensurate with the scale of the e-mobility ambition of the two countries, namely charging infrastructure, battery swapping, manufacturing incentives, role of policy incentives, and standards.