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IIMB co-hosts ‘Explore cost-reduction strategies for Electric Vehicle batteries’ workshop supported by Supply Chain Management Centre

03 September, 2019, Bengaluru:  A half-day workshop titled ‘Explore cost-reduction strategies for Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries’, was co-hosted by Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) as well as Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, sponsored by IIMB’s Supply Chain Management Centre (SCMC), at IIMB on September 3 (Tuesday), 2019.  

The workshop was very interactive and well attended by industry practioners comprising representatives from the automotive sector including Mercedes-Benz, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra Electric, Ather Energy, Bounce, etc., along with researchers from the Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy (CSTEP), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), etc., EV consultants, and the teams from ICRIER and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. 

The welcome address by Professor Haritha Saranga, Chair, Doctoral Programme and faculty from the Production & Operations Management area of IIMB, highlighted global trends in EV presence. This was followed by a presentation by Himanshu Shekhar, student of IIMB’s doctoral programme and ex-ICRIER, on the EV research activity in-progress with ICRIER.

Dr. Amrita Goldar, Fellow ICRIER, explained the criteria to be followed for the three-step ranking exercise, that is, Impact on Cost, Time and Investment required, to arrive at the best policy options, which was undertaken by the workshop participants, to rate strategies and chemistries that could reduce the cost of batteries and thus electric vehicles. The results will be tabulated and published by ICRIER.

The workshop concluded on a very positive note, with a vote of thanks by Dr. Amrita Goldar.

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