Women leaders are taking the wheel at India EV companies

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Mumbai: As India’s electric vehicle (EV) industry gains momentum, it has set the ball rolling for women in leadership roles. This is across EV companies in the private, public and startup domains, say experts.
Leading the charge is Sulajja Firodia Motwani, CEO of Kinetic Green. A relatively newer yet dynamic addition has been state-run Convergence Energy Solutions’ CEO, Mahua Acharya, who is starting to be credited with leading a mini revolution for electric transportation across states. Rashmi Urdhwareshe, a former director of the Automotive Research Association, is working with several government bodies in EV-related policies. Mahindra Electric also has a new female CEO in Suman Mishra.

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Convergence Energy Solutions CEO, Mahua Acharya.

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Rashmi Urdhwareshe, a former director of the Automotive Research Association, is working with several government bodies in EV-related policies.

The EV startup ecosystem is also seeing women playing a significant role in not only vehicle design but also energy management and storage, charging infrastructure, user interface applications and many more emerging areas. They include Esmito founder Prabhjot Kaur and Evolet founder Prerana Chaturvedi.

An industry which is more electrical and electronics, and less mechanical, in nature naturally draws women into such roles.

Increasing digitalisation and newer futuristic EV technologies like embedded programming and systems engineering make it easier for women to dive into this space, said Kaur, whose startup is offering e-mobility solutions like batteries and chargers with charging and swapping management.

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Legacy wise, there were fewer women in the conventional engine technology (where fossil fuels are used) space. “I see a natural push and a creative tendency for more women to get in the EV ecosystem,” said Kaur.

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