India, Germany jointly working on electric mobility: Anand Sharma
11 May 2012
India and Germany are partnering in the development of green technologies, mainly electric mobility, in order to reduce and possibly eliminate the use of fossil fuels over a period of time, minister of commerce, industry and textiles Anand Sharma said after a meeting with the German federal minister for transport, building and urban development Dr Peter Ramsauer, in Berlin, on Thursday.
''India and Germany are both committed to reducing carbon emissions and sustainable mobility is one of the highlights of our cooperation in the automotive sector. We are also seeking a common approach to implement targets for Government of India's National Mission for Electric Mobility,'' Sharma said.
From about 1,500 electric vehicles currently on German roads at present, Germany hopes to raise their numbers to a minimum a million by the year 2020.
Germany is also a world leader in logistics and in the construction of infrastructure, as well as in energy-efficient technologies in the transportation sector.
India and Germany have set up a joint working group (JWG) on automotive sector in order to intensify bilateral cooperation in the development of energy-efficient automotive technologies and alternate fuel drives. Both countries are exploring areas of cooperation, including in drawing up road map for India's auto fuel policy and the electric mobility plan.
The JWG on automotives has been given an extension of two years.