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    Don't miss the bus: Providing sustainable mobility for urban India

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    Future of electric auto-rickshaws in India

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Readiness and Capacity Needs Assessment for Electric Vehicle Adoption in Indian Cities

Global dependence on fossil fuels in the transport sector has been a key driver of climate change and air pollution. In India, motorized transport accounts for a large share of the country’s total GHG emissions. Therefore, the swift replacement of internal combustion engines (ICE Vehicles) with Electric Vehicles (EVs) is imperative to decarbonize India’s transport sector.

Road to contain climate change

Mr S Sundar
Mr Sharif Qamar

Roads and railways bind a nation and bring people together. They facilitate the achievement of SDGs, as without adequate mobility, SDGs cannot be achieved and sustained.

What would make Indians buy EVs? Our survey has some answers

Mr Parmeet Singh

TERI's survey on consumer perception of electric vehicles (EVs) revealed that issues like upfront cost, battery replacement, and range anxiety are topmost concerns for people considering buying an EV.

Future of electric auto-rickshaws in India

Mr Shri Prakash

In the post-COVID scenario, the predicted demand of the three-wheeler sector might increase and a shift of commuters from app-based taxies may be expected. To promote electric mobility in India, auto-rickshaws can play a vital role as frontrunners.

COVID-19 lockdown: Impacts on the auto-rickshaw community

Mr Shri Prakash

Auto-rickshaws or three-wheelers have become a crucial part of the mobility ecosystem in urban India. One of the most economical modes to travel, autos are popular within cities, particularly for the middle class for short and medium-distance trips within a city.


Webinar on Decarbonising Road transport sector in India- Policy and technology options

March 11, 2022
to March 11, 2022

The event will see experts across sectors discuss the opportunities & need to shift the road transport sector to decarbonisation pathways along with the launch of a policy brief on 'Low Carbon Pathways for the Road Transport Sector in India'.

On 11th March 2022, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM IST

National Conference on COP26 Charter of Actions

October 13, 2021
to October 13, 2021

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be held from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow will aim to mobilize the action on mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and strengthen the narrative for better alignment with sustainable development goals (SDGs).

COP26 Charter of Actions: Virtual Stakeholder Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility

August 31, 2021
to August 31, 2021

Accelerating economic growth along with equitable recovery is fundamental to sustainable development and climate action. Under the presidency of United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be held from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow will aim at mobilising action on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and aligning them with sustainable development goals.

Report Launch and Discussion on the Roadmap for Electrification of Urban Freight in India

December 18, 2020
to December 18, 2020

TERI, with the support of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), is organising a virtual event on decarbonising the urban freight sector in India.

Launch of Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)

November 2, 2020
to November 2, 2020
On 2nd November 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM IST

TERI along with GIZ cordially invite you to the launch of "Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)" on 02 November 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm (IST).

Webinar on Air Pollution and Transport

October 1, 2020
to October 1, 2020

The virtual discussion will focus on the preparedness of Delhi Government and other state governments for the upcoming air pollution crisis, and the role of EVs and public transport to overcome it.


Jostling for space: 432 cars per km of Kolkata's road, need more transit system

June 20, 2022 |
June 20, 2022
The Times of India

There was a sharp rise in number of cars during the pandemic. Between March 2020 and May 2022, 78,102 cars were added to the city fleet. The number of cars rose during the pandemic in most of our cities, said Mr Sharif Qamar, Area Convenor, Centre for Sustainable Mobility, TERI.

Close to nine lakh electric vehicles ply on Indian roads

June 6, 2022 |
June 8, 2022
The Telegraph

Talking about the financial incentives that are now available for EVs, Mr Sharif Qamar, Fellow and Area Convenor, TERI, said that there is a certain degree of comfort with the financial institutions in providing loans for EVs, as compared to the scenario two to three years ago.

Sustainable mobility key to protect ‘Only One Earth’

June 5, 2022 |
June 8, 2022
Auto Car Professional

Electric mobility is certainly a key strategy to decarbonize the transport sector, says Mr Sharif Qamar, Fellow and Area Convenor, TERI

Electric mobility is key enabler to decarbonise transport sector, say experts

June 4, 2022 |
June 4, 2022
ET Auto

The running cost of e-2Ws is significantly low, almost 3-times lower than the petrol vehicles, TERI has said.

World Environment Day: Electric mobility is a key enabler to decarbonize the transport sector, say RMI, ICCT & TERI

June 3, 2022 |
June 3, 2022
Business News This Week

Electric mobility is certainly a key strategy to decarbonize the transport sector, says Mr Sharif Qamar, Fellow and Area Convenor, TERI.

Only 8% Indian families own cars, NFHS finds. Over 50% still use bicycles, bikes & scooters

May 27, 2022 |
May 27, 2022
The Print

According to a study by TERI titled 'Benefits of cycling in India', by 2015-16, about 23 per cent of working Indians in urban areas did their daily travelling on foot and 13 per cent depended on bicycles.


Transitioning to a Low Carbon Technology for the Road Transport in India

March 14, 2022

India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. At present, India accounts for a significant multimodal road transport sector contributing approximately 10 per cent of country’s total CO2 emissions, making it the second most carbon emitting sector in the country. Driven by rising population, income, and urbanization, under a business-as-usual scenario, India’s energy demand from transport is projected to increase six fold in 2050 from current levels.

Moving towards Aggregation: Freight Forwarder Scheme of Railways

February 15, 2022

One of the key strategies in the Union Budget 2022 for increasing rail freight market share, aims at facilitating the integration of smaller goods through seamless solutions and multimodal logistics facilities at cargo terminals. Despite an increase in railways' market share to 45% by 2030, a key transport decarbonization strategy for India, it continues to exhibit a gradual decline due to a variety of reasons.

Developing Rail Freight Terminals: Energizing Private Partnerships

February 15, 2022

Railways has often been termed as the "backbone of the economy", facilitating passenger and freight transportation to the length and breadth of the country. In recent years, railways has experienced a constant decline in the freight business, resulting in a growing concern for railway finances and National Decarbonisation Targets.

Assessing the environmental benefits from switching auto-rickshaws in Chennai to electric

June 18, 2020

In Chennai, auto rickshaws constitute 40% of all transport vehicles and 58% of passenger transport vehicles. The share of auto-rickshaws has increased from practically zero in 1970 to over 6% in 2008.

Impact of COVID-19 on urban mobility in India: Evidence from a perception study

May 17, 2020

The urban transportation landscape is likely to undergo significant changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Increased risks associated with crowded places combined with social distancing measures in public and shared transport are likely to affect modal choices of commuters. Urban freight needs may also alter with the change in the use of e-services. To assess the likely nature of such a shift, an online survey was conducted, which was designed to elicit the perceptions of respondents related to work trips, online grocery shopping, and food delivery pre and post COVID-19.

Emerging role of bike (motorcycle) taxis in urban mobility

March 2, 2020

Ride sharing and hailing services have given new dimension to urban mobility. Bike taxis serve as an intermediate public transport mode offering first and last mile services in India.

Area Convener, Transport and Urban Governance
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat