Team of Kerala government led by Kerala’s Transport Minister A K Saseendran visited the University of Birmingham on Wednesday to discover how research experts might work with policy-makers to help introduce electric vehicles in the state.
Hosted by the University’s India Institute, the transport minister and his delegates were welcomed by Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), before taking part in a round-table discussion with academics.
“The University of Birmingham has deep expertise in a number of scientific and engineering specialisms relating to electric vehicles. We hope to work closely with the state government in helping the people of Kerala adopt this environment-friendly form of transport.”Professor Mason said.
“As a civic university with a global outlook, our University of Birmingham India Institute affirms the University’s deep and continued commitment to the country, and our aim to contribute to Indian society, as our researchers forge links with counterparts to change millions of lives for the better.”Professor Mason further added.
The state government has set targets of having one million electric vehicles by 2022, complete switch to electric buses in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram by March 2021 and 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030.
Kerala has also set-up a 1.5 million pounds e-mobility fund. The visit to the University of Birmingham is part of a ‘Knowledge Mission’ organised for the State Government by the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT).
Delegates are engaging with UK experts in charging and storage infrastructure, battery manufacture, technology and recycling, electric motors and vehicle technology. They have plans to establish a centre of excellence for Electric Vehicles in the state.
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