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The government in India has begun incentivising a shift to electric vehicles. Making that shift comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. This discussion will bring these challenges and opportunities to the fore, sharing perspectives of experts from reputed organisations like Centre for Science and Environment [CSE], the Environmental Defence Fund [EDF] and Uber. They will address questions like: What is the real impact of consumers making the shift? When can we expect a mass shifting to occur, if at all? 

More about the speakers: 

Moushumi Mohanty is head of the Electric Mobility Programme at the Centre for Science and Environment, the New Delhi-based environment think-tank. A large chunk of Moushumi's career has been focused on hybrid and electric vehicles since the first Tesla Roadster hit the road in 2008. She was the Associate Director at IHS-Markit (now S&P Global), working on the impact of vehicle electrification on the global automotive supply chain. Moushumi studied at the Columbia Business School, New York, and at the University of Hyderabad.

Parthaa Bosu is the Lead India Advisor for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in India. He has two decades of experience working on vehicular emissions. He started his career at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), where he was a part of the team that developed the computerised emission check system (PUC) for vehicles (which remains in use today).


In 2010, he joined the UN Partnership, Clean Air Asia, as the India Representative before becoming their India Director and South Asia Liaison. He developed the world’s first walkability survey app to improve the walking conditions in cities. In addition, he was a member of the working group on non-motorised transport promotion at the Ministry of Urban Development in India.


Along with the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the NITI Aayog, Parthaa also structured the country’s first Green Freight India Working Group to reduce emissions and improve freight efficiency. In addition, he is restructuring a platform with state governments to strengthen freight efficiency in cities. 

Athira Menon works on Uber’s public policy team, heading policy and government affairs work across thematic verticals for South India and Sri Lanka. Athira is also the lead for all earner welfare initiatives across the platform for the India-South Asia region.

She is an experienced leader in the policy space with a footprint across

mobility, urban governance, gender and education. Prior to joining Uber, she worked with the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation working on a range of initiatives focussed on empowering women to become active participants in societal development and progress. 

Outside of Uber, Athira devotes her time building communities focusing on creating safe social media and resources to aid women’s financial


Abhinav Soman (Moderator)

Abhinav is a policy researcher focusing on sustainable mobility at The Council on Energy, Environment and Water. His latest research includes assessing the macroeconomic impacts of an EV transition in India, transitional challenges for the auto-industry, techno-economic feasibility of battery swapping, and a pan-India mobility survey.