REmobility is a series of regional coalitions under the Mobility Decarbonization project. The coalitions gather forward-looking businesses working together to decarbonize road transport and reduce air pollution by accelerating electric vehicle (EV) adoption. The first REmobility collaboration was implemented in India and it engages companies from the EV supply system as well as business and fleet operators. Together, they represent a mobility demand of over eight billion kilometers annually.

    The challenge

    Road transport is one of the fastest growing sources of carbon emissions, and India is home to 22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities. It is also the fourth largest automobile market and set to procure much of its vehicle fleet in the coming decade. A slow transition to EVs could mean thousands more internal combustion engine vehicles on Indian roads. The speed of adopting zero-emission vehicles and renewable energy in a large country like India can have a meaningful impact on global decarbonization 

    The business case

    On a total cost of ownership basis, EVs are already economically viable today if they are highly utilized. Business and commercial fleet operators often have high vehicle utilization, making them ideal candidates for early adoption. Apart from savings in operational costs, companies adopting EVs can also benefit by reducing measurable emissions, improving employee and customer value and meeting regulatory compliance. Businesses are well placed to bridge the gap between initial government adoption and the subsequent mass adoption of EVs in India.

    The solution

    The REmobility platform in India has identified employee transport, ride-hailing and urban freight as three key use-cases for EVs that present opportunities for businesses to accelerate adoption. To facilitate adoption, REmobility co-creates the following set of deliverables:

    1. India Business Guide to EV Adoption: a ready reckoner for procurement managers, fleet managers and sustainability and teams looking to adopt electric vehicles
    2. Policy recommendation papers: facilitate the dialogue between businesses and policymakers
    3. Demonstration projects: demonstrate replicability and scalability of identified use cases
    4. Ambition statement: ambition building with companies to support India’s submission at COP26

    In 2021, the project aims to support investments in charging infrastructure at the regional level and add medium-duty and heavy-duty freight as an additional use-case.

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