Growing transitional cost and lack of policy transparency key constraints for EV adoption in India: Grant Thornton-CII report
High cost of Electric Vehicle (EV) battery, lack of a ubiquitous charging infrastructure and policy transparency are the key constraints plaguing the electric mobility landscape in India, finds Grant Thornton CII report: Mobility through transition - Disruption and impact. The report was launched at the CII Next-Gen eMobility Summit in Delhi today. The report further suggests that the government needs to focus on importing lithium as sourcing this critical metal continues to be the key hurdle in EV adoption in India.
While entering the last year of the current regime, the business optimism in India has deteriorated with the country ranking 6th globally on the optimism index in the first quarter of 2018, says Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a quarterly global business survey. India has been topping the chart since the new government came into power in 2014 (refer to the graph). However, the confidence has shaken since Q3 2017 with weakening currency and a surge in oil prices (Q3 – 7th, Q4 -5th 2017). In contrast, globally, the business optimism is at an all-time high. The IBR finds that in Q1 2018, global business optimism stands at net 61 per cent - the highest figure recorded in 15 years of research.
India’s ranking improves in gender diversity with 20% women in leadership positions, finds Grant Thornton report
While India still ranks fifth lowest in having women in leadership roles, the percentage of leadership roles held by women in India has increased as per Grant Thornton’s Women in business: Beyond policy to progress report. The report shows a steady growth in women in leadership positions from 17 per cent last year to 20 per cent in 2018. This stood at 14 per cent in 2014. Further, the report highlights that 30 per cent of the respondents in India said they have no women in leadership roles.