Women Are Leading India’s EV Revolution. What Can The World Learn From Them?

Technological advances break all kinds of patterns. A notable improvement is more women in car jobs in India. Clean technology multiplies jobs for women there.

In some places, such as the transportation industry, new technology is a force for career opportunities for women in what was once a man’s only domain. These opportunities also prove that a more gender-balanced workforce is not only good for women, it is good for business. Yet gender neutrality comes with effort, and breaking this imbalance comes with effort.

Moving into an industry traditionally dominated by men is easier if the work is also new and innovative. This brings in new people. It is important that more Indian women than ever are engineering students. 42% of STEM candidates in India were women in 2018. That is a higher percentage than in the US, Germany and other major economies.

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One of India’s largest electric scooter factories is populated by female employees. As Julia Muir explains, “When a new technology comes in, there is the ability to take a woman at her merit, and not necessarily to have to prove historical knowledge.” No, this is not Tesla, Toyota or GM – maybe they will catch up.

Technology is refining and expanding with women stepping into the roles of engineers. To encourage young women, some electric scooter companies – for example Ola and Piaggio – are thriving successfully with a completely female staff at some of their factories. However, it is not only floor workers who manufacture – more engineers and women also become designers and CEOs.

We have also read some good reports on CleanTechnica from Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai regarding Africa e-mobility startups. As the workforce there strives to jointly move away from fossil fuels, women find more opportunities alongside changing technology and transportation – to go where no woman easily went before.

Image courtesy of SolarTaxi. See: “SolarTaxis Electric Motorcycles Charges Ghana’s Market for Delivery as Needed.”

The following video discusses how more women in a car manufacturer’s workplace are better for business. Although the major players in the automotive industry around the world are still dominated by men, women find success in Indian electric cars. Why? The video explores that topic.

This video goes into the factory of Ather, a large electric scooter company based in India, and interviews workers, CEOs and experts across the global electricity sector to find out what the rest of the world can learn of India.

Hattip to Albert Han, a London-based video journalist with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Thomson Reuters’ charitable arm. He works as part of a small team that produces explanatory videos and short documentaries on climate change, technology and people-focused economic issues.

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