With rapidly evolving technologies and business models, there is need to adopt new and fundamentally different pathways to provide clean, cost-effective, and efficient mobility services that are safe, create new jobs, reduce dependence on oil imports, and achieve more efficient land-use in cities with the least environmental footprints and impacts on human health. A rapidly developing India is at the cusp of making such a transition to new mobility solutions. To help draw up strategies to enable making this transition with the collective wisdom of a multitude of stakeholders, RMI and NITI Aayog took on the ambitious assignment of organizing a first of its kind charrette dialogue process in February 2017.
This document summarizes the key actionable solutions merging out of the charrette process that can enable India to make this transition. As is evident from the strategies put forward in this outcome document, India is uniquely positioned to take advantage of developments due to a set of advantageous conditions and capabilities. The main elements for India’s mobility transformation are system integration, shared infrastructure development, and scaled manufacturing. There is need to capture economically-viable opportunities at a national scale and demonstrate emerging opportunities at a state level to speed the deployment and integration of solutions. The ideas put forward in this document should provide basis for engaging discussions and dialogues, and for helping India collectively march towards a sustainable mobility pathway.