Bengaluru, NFAPost: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Micelio in partnership with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Invest Karnataka Forum, and Department of Industries and Commerce (DIC), launched their ambitious Urban Mobility Lab in Bangalore to identify, develop, and implement mobility solutions that transform how people and goods move.
Urban Mobility Lab Bengaluru organised a two-day programme where policymakers, researchers and startup founders delved deep into the mobility issues of India and the tech solutions that can be brought in. The discussion also gave a new dimension of policy initiatives to make it happen.
Speaking on the occasion, Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South Tejasvi Surya said all transport agencies that Bengaluru has, including private operators must work in a coordinated fashion towards a common objective.
“Revising transport laws is also important. The concern with monopoly in public transport must be addressed with more private players coming in. We need to make our people use public transport and avoid private vehicles. We also need to look into increasing the size of the fleet in our city,” said Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South Tejasvi Surya.
Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South Tejasvi Surya said what is lacking in the indian context is the lack of specialists in managing urban mobility decisions which is a concern.
“Structural reforms should be undertaken imperatively and I am confident that the Urban Mobility Lab will go a long way in proposing concrete suggestions and solutions,” said Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South Tejasvi Surya.
Commenting on the launch, Micelio Founder & Director Shreyas Shibulal said the collaborative effort of the last six months bringing together all key stakeholders – the government, private sector, and civil society under one roof has been fruitful to identify solutions that will eventually accelerate Bengaluru’s transition towards shared, clean and citizen-centric mobility.
“This is just the beginning. At Micelio, we are committed to going the distance to make this happen. The two-day multi-stakeholder workshop held February 19-20, 2020 saw a culmination of over 150 participants from the mobility ecosystem in Bengaluru who worked together to address system-level barriers and develop implementation plans for the city,” said Micelio Founder & Director Shreyas Shibulal.
Micelio, which is cofounded by Shreyas Shibulal, is at the helm of the EV revolution in India. It aims to be an enabler of innovation by creating a sustainable mobility ecosystem with a strong EV focus.
The two-day multi stakeholder workshop held February 19-20, 2020 saw a culmination of over 150 participants from the mobility ecosystem in Bengaluru who worked together to address system-level barriers and develop implementation plans for the city.
The workshop was organized around six thematic areas —charging and battery swapping infrastructure, data-based solutions, electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, first and last-mile connectivity, public transit, and urban final-mile delivery.
RMI is an independent, apolitical, nonprofit think-and-do tank that transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure future. Cofounded by Amory Lovins in 1982, RMI has been a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy for 35 years.
RMI published India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All with NITI Aayog in May 2017, and works with key government partners such as NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to support India’s transition to clean, shared, and connected mobility systems.
At the workshop, RMI’s Principal Akshima Ghate said the organisation is grateful to the Government of Karnataka for extending their full support for the launch of the Urban Mobility Lab in Bengaluru.
“Efficient and sustainable transportation is key to Bengaluru’s mobility goals and to transform the lives of the citizens of this city and we’re glad that we are making progress together,” said RMI’s Principal Akshima Ghate.
The Urban Mobility Lab is a platform that helps leading urban geographies, called Lighthouse Cities, identify, integrate, implement, and scale mobility solutions that transform how people and goods move. The Lab was launched in November 2017, when NITI Aayog and RMI launched a grand challenge to select the first host city.
Since 2017, RMI has partnered with the Delhi Government and Pune Municipal Corporation to co host the Lab in Delhi and Pune. In these cities, the Lab has helped identify policy, business, and technology solutions to system-level barriers and accelerate the implementation of shared, clean, and citizen-centric mobility projects.
Micelio has four companies under it:
● Micelio Fund invests in startups in the EV ecosystem including those with a focus on drivetrain technologies, charging infrastructure, energy management and special-purpose EVs
● Micelio Discovery Lab is a state-of-the-art infrastructure and workshop space which acts as an incubation space for the startups to collaborate and create products to lead the EV revolution
● Lightning Logistics is a pure play EV last -mile delivery firm and provides customers with a seamless last-mile delivery experience with intelligent, data-driven solutions
● Product Company is building a cool EV form factor, with an initial focus on the Indian last-mile solutions