The city will hold its first three-day International EV Expo East from May 27 at the Milan Mela ground. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had shown keen interest to interact with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, both in the country and abroad, and showcase their products.
The expo has been organized by the Indian government’s National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP), in collaboration with Altius Auto Sollution.
The EV Expo will see participation of above 100 Indian and International EV companies. Over 50 high-level business delegations from China, Germany, Sweden and Japan will take part in the expo.
Anuj Sharma, Chairman, EV Committee, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, said: “EV Expo would be the biggest event in eastern India to promote vehicles based on electric energy and its manufacturers, who support an initiative to use cleaner source of energy to prove that electric power can fuel people’s journey.” He said the event was coming at a time when the country was looking at a paradigm shift in the way city residents commute, with a view to bring down the dangerous level of transport-related pollution level and reduce costs of intra- city commuting.
Rajiv Arora, founder-member of Electric Rickshaw Manufacturers Association and organizer of EV Expo East said: “The main purpose was to reduce environment pollution caused by transports and to provide employment under Self Employment Schemes to economically challenged families by giving them training to drive E-vehicles.”