Shifting to the adoption of Electric Vehicles is the big focus of the Karnataka government, with emphasis on last-mile delivery, logistics, and commute space, said Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan. He was speaking as a panelist at a virtual meet on ‘Governing Goods on the Move’, organized by the World Economic Forum as part of the Global Technology Governance Summit- 2021.
The Minister said the shift to electric vehicle mobility has become necessary now quite ever thanks to the fast depletion of fossil fuels, increase in energy costs, the impact of transportation on the environment, and digital intervention.
He acknowledged that industry, governments, and early adopters have succeeded in demonstrating that EVs can deliver the practicality, sustainability, safety, and affordability characteristics expected from them.
He said the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a ‘Smart Factory’ called 4.0 India@IISc. He said the government has partnered with the World Economic Forum to launch the ‘Centre for Internet of Ethical Things’, aimed at being a sandbox for new emerging technologies and their applications and which would bring together multi-stakeholders.