Once consumers have driven electric, they’ll never go back: Chetan Maini7 min read 12 Jul 2019, 10:36 PM IST
When the next revolution comes, it’s important that policies stay one step ahead, says SUN Mobility's co-founder and vice-chairman
Chetan Maini, co-founder and vice-chairman of SUN Mobility, an electric mobility solutions firm, is a pioneer of the electric vehicle (EV) industry in India. Maini’s Reva was the country’s first electric car and, experts say, it was far ahead of its time. Despite its modest success—it was later bought by Mahindra and Mahindra, and rebranded as Mahindra Electric—the Reva provided a feasible and workable EV solution at a time when there was practically no ecosystem or robust conversation around EVs (and certainly no Tesla)—not just in India, but globally. With the Centre announcing incentives for the manufacture and purchase of EVs in the budget, and signs of activity in the mass-market EV category, Mint caught up with Maini to chat about SUN Mobility, the ecosystem for such vehicles in India, and his expectations from the government and industry in this sector.