iTEC India 2019 to focus on e-mobility solutions for the community; event to feature 42 stalls focusing on electric mobility and 24 keynote speakers
iTEC India 2019, the largest conference on electric mobility, is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru between 17 and 19 December, 2019. iTEC India 2019 is being organised by SAEINDIA in collaboration with IEEE IAS, with ARAI being the knowledge partner. The three-day event will be organised on the theme ‘eMobility Solutions for Community,’ featuring keynote addresses and interactive panel discussions. The event will also have ‘Ride & Drive,’ a new feature being introduced to showcase advanced versions of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.
iTEC India 2019 comes at a critical time when India is planning its transition to electric mobility across the country. The event will provide a platform for think tanks, policy experts, government bodies, OEMs, start-ups and thought leaders to collaborate and identify solutions to various problems facing the move.
A Hackathon was hosted by iTEC India recently to address the issue as well, featuring a total of 90 applicants addressing six critical problem solutions. The winning team, Praxians, from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, presented a solution for the problem statement - Making Energy Efficient EVs of the future. They were awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a chance to present at iTEC India 2019. The runner-up team was ‘Safety First’ from Mahindra Electric, which was awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000, and will also be presenting their solution at iTEC India 2019.
Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric and Chair, Steering Committee, iTEC India, said the strategic objective of iTech India 2019 is to bring together important stakeholders at the global level. The event will discuss the transition to electric mobility for India, while keeping affordability and shared nature of the solutions as key pegs, he added. Babu noted that this is going to be an important platform for India to be recognised as a global hub for electric mobility.
The event brings together leaders from IEEE IAS US, SAE International and their Indian counterparts, noted Girish Ramaswamy, Head of Engineering - Engine and Drivetrain Systems, Vitesco Technologies (Continental) and Chair, Organising Committee, iTEC India 2019. He said it also has thought leaders from across the country, OEMs, start-ups and other stakeholders coming together to discuss transportation electrification for the community. The event comes at an important time when India is transitioning to e-mobility and conferences such as iTEC are critical to enable this movement, Ramaswamy added.
Dr Arunkumar Sampath, General Manager, Validation, Proto-Build and Global EV Technology Centre, Mahindra Electric and Member, Steering committee, iTEC India, observed that the theme of iTEC India 2019 is keeping in mind the rising India’s oil import bill and air-pollution. This conference will bring together similar minded professionals, intellectuals and policy makers to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities in the EV industry, he noted.
Harish Mysore, Senior Director, IEEE India Operations, said iTEC India 2019 has an important role in India’s transition towards e-mobility. IEEE through its number of Technical Societies and Standards will help to shape the EVs Industry globally, he noted. Mysore added that this conference will deliberate technologies and policy requirements to help accelerate India’s movement towards transportation electrification.