K.K. Gandhi – India’s Electric Vehicle Policy and Testing Facilities


The Government of India has made extensive investments in setting up world-class testing and R&D labs at various places in India. This presentation will focus on the research, development & testing facilities in India for the automotive industry, including EVs.

The National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) began in 2005 with a decent investment projection of USD245.43 million. In 2019, when almost all the facilities are either completed or at the verge of completion, the project investment has risen to USD532.47 million. These facilities are capable of carrying out a wide spectrum of tests on vehicles as well as several components which are required for homologation as per Indian, European, Japanese, South Korean, South African, ASEAN as well as U.S. standards. Many of these facilities also assist in developmental testing. Together with software simulations, these facilities have already come to be highly endorsed by Indian OEMs as well as multinational OEMs, thus providing path-breaking opportunities for the automotive industry, including EVs, not only in India, but also in South Asia and the rest of the world.


Convener, Centre for Auto Policy & Research
Founder Member Secretary, Hydrogen Association of India
Director, Avan Motors
Director, Strategic CSR Alliance
Director (Independent) Lumax Auto Technology Limited
Principal Adviser: Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), New Delhi April – September 2018.
Executive Director (Technical): Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), New Delhi from November 1999 – April 2018, heading technical activities
Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehra Dun September 1969 to October 1999

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