Indo-German Technical Cooperation in the Automotive Sector: Experts discuss successes and opportunities

  • 18 October, 2019
  • New Delhi
More than 35 experts and representatives from government, industry and technical institutions came together in New Delhi for an exchange on technical cooperation in the automotive sector on 17th October. Homologation, regulations and standards of intelligent transportation systems and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as well as future cooperation topics for the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure were discussed.


 Alok Kesari (GIZ), Dr Piyush Jain (MoRTH), Alexander Stedtfeld (German Embassy)       Moderated discussion on future cooperation topics for the Indo-German Working Group
Pravin Agrawal (MoHI&PE), Ralf Diemer (VDA) and R. R. Singh (BIS)                              on Quality Infrastructure

Ralf Diemer from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) emphasised the strong and longstanding cooperation between India and Germany in the automotive sector. He highlighted two recent successes through the cooperation within the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure. Since last year, it is possible to import vehicles of up to 2,500 units to India without repeated testing. This relaxation of homologation procedures especially eases the introduction of electric cars and further innovative technologies, Diemer said. Thanks to the activities of the project and the close collaboration with the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a major step for establishing the global Charging System CCS for electric vehicles in India has been reached.

India’s transport industry is currently undergoing a transformative shift with various aspects such as new technologies, road and transport safety and scrapping of end of life vehicles playing an increasing role, Dr Piyush Jain from the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) explained. The Indian parliament has recently passed amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, including higher penalties for traffic violations, new regulations for the recall of defective vehicle parts and the set-up of a National Road Safety Board. The government is now working on formulating the rules of these amendments for topics such as scrapping. Learning from best practices of countries like Germany and inputs from forums such as today’s event are thereby very important and helpful, Dr Jain underlined. Read more

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