Govt sets up NewGen automobile testing facilities at ICAT

The government has beefed up vehicle testing facilities at the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) to facilitate technical appraisal of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as conventional fuel vehicles.

Union minister of heavy industries and public enterprises (HIPE) Arvind Sawant inaugurated the new testing facilities at ICAT today. A technology appreciation drive was also organised to bring out the technical advantages of hybrid electric vehicles as compared to conventional fuel vehicles.
Speaking on the occasion the minister said India should focus on the local requirements of the customers and industry while developing policy framework for India. He also emphasized that the solutions that are relevant for other countries may not be relevant in the Indian context on as-is-where-is basis. He also emphasized that the Indian industry and ancillary industries may be considered while embarking on new technological advancements. 
He expressed concern that India has a large manpower pool to be employed.
In his address he also mentioned that the import of lithium should not replace the import of crude as we migrate towards electrification of vehicles.
The ICAT also presented the outcome of the technical assessments carried out on various EVs on the sidelines of the event. The details of the same along with the econometric models are to be shown during the NewGen Mobility Summit 2019.
As a prelude to NewGen, a technology appreciation workshop for government agencies such as, BEE, ministry of electronics and information technology, RTOs and state governments was organised on 8 November 2019, at ICAT Manesar. On the sidelines of the workshop ICAT also inaugurated ICAT-Centre 2 facilities and seminar center (Test Track and Administrative and Auditorium Block (ISC)) located at Sector M-11, IMT Manesar.
ICAT is organizing the `NewGen Mobility Summit’ from 27 to 29 November 2019 at ICAT Centre-II, IMT Manesar, Haryana to identify the trends and roadmap for the future of stainable mobility in India and to address the challenges faced by various stakeholders. The summit aims to bring together industry, researchers and academic experts to share, discuss and showcase new proposals, technology and innovations and present solutions to the challenges faced by the engineering industry in India and abroad.
International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), a premier automotive Research & Development and Testing agency under Government of India, has been in the forefront of creating the required knowledge, competencies, R & D and testing facilities for emerging auto technologies, including powertrain electrification technologies.