On 15 May, a sea of black suits parted to let Tarun Mehta reach the stage. Mehta, the wunderkind of electric mobility, is the co-founder of Ather Energy, a manufacturer of high-end electric scooters. He’s dressed in blue jeans, a burst of colour among the monochrome suits. Sitting squarely in the middle, Mehta’s found his pulpit at an industry conference of auto manufacturers and component makers being held in Delhi. His message, to an ageing auto industry turning electric, is one of agility in the face of dramatic change:
“The current tech for an EV (electric vehicle) will be obsolete in the next 18 months.