Uber today announced the five winners of the Green Mobility Innovation Challenge, its partnership with the Government, in support of ideas to help drive the adoption of electric vehicles across the country. The winning startups are, Bodycast Innovators Pvt. Ltd. Virya Batteries Pvt. Ltd., Racenergy, Kazam EV Tech Pvt. Ltd. and Emuron Technologies. Run in partnership with Startup India, the Indian government’s online support portal for entrepreneurs and startup incubator iCreate, the challenge attracted more than 150 entries from innovators and startups from across the country.
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, delivered the keynote address at the event and Shruti Singh, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, delivered context setting remarks. The five member Grand Jury for the final round comprised industry experts Mahua Acharya, CEO, CESL; Prof. Anadi Saran Pande, Head of Enterprise Incubation Centre, IIM-Lucknow; Anupam Jalote, CEO, iCreate; Nandini Maheshwari, Senior Director & Head of Asia Pacific Business Development, Uber; and Venkatesh Kancharla, Director, Engineering, Uber.
Commenting on the Challenge, Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India South Asia, said, “As the world’s leading mobility platform, Uber has a bold 2040 target to ensure 100% of its rides globally on zero-emission vehicles or through micro mobility and public transit. Hitting that goal in India won’t be easy, but we are determined to get there in partnership with the many brilliant Indian startups already working in the EV space and the government. We believe it’s still very early and various technologies have to be supported. That is why we are working with various OEMs, battery and charging infra players, across two, three and four wheeled products. Through the Challenge, we are going even closer to the hub of innovations and we’ll look forward to leveraging our fast growing and nationwide platform to bring them to scale.“