17th March, 2023Novotel, Pune

Silver Partner


The growth of commercial vehicle (CV) industry is regarded as the backbone of a country’s economic progress. For India, which is amongst the fastest growing automotive market, there are healthy macroeconomic signs of achieving robust growth in the coming years. This means, the commercial vehicle segment is expected to continue sustained growth.

The Indian CV industry had attained a peak of over a million units in FY2018-19, but went into a degrowth mode after that. But with the industry usually seeing a pickup cycle of three years, barring the Covid-19 pandemic year, the CV sales have started picking-up.

But on the other hand, the megatrends of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared) are also impacting the CV industry in various degrees. The bus segment thanks to the push by the government and procurement by CESL for STUs is enabling faster movement towards electrification. This is followed by the SCV and LCV segments seeing demand for electrified solutions by private players, while the M&HCV trucks will be the last to see affordable electrification solution.

Then there is the push towards telematics and ADAS technology which is making inroads in the bus and truck segment to ensure higher uptime.


The Financial Express Commercial Vehicle Conclave 2023 is a platform to bring together industry stakeholders from OEMs, suppliers, policy makers to fleet customers, to discuss, debate, and understand the future roadmap.

The day-long event will bring forth discussions on how is the Indian CV industry gearing up for the future. It is but obvious that India with its own set of challenges and opportunities can not just rely on copy-paste solutions from Europe or America but at the same time, can contribute towards solving their challenges through locally-developed solutions.

In fact, the Indian component and software industry are amongst the fastest growing and significant suppliers to the global CV industry. While these solutions are first deployed in the developed markets, it is no secret that they will find their way to the domestic market soon.

Discussion Points

Reducing tailpipe emissions: Looking beyond BS VI Phase 2
Telematics and connected tech
Alternate Energy Mix for CV industry
Autonomous tech / Truck platooning in India
Future of trucking in India
Start-ups in the CV space
Financing and new business models


Abhinav Srivastava

CIO & Head of IT Services
Daimler Trucks India

Dr. Ajit Shinde

Regional Transport Officer

Alok Verma

Head Corporate Strategy & ESG
Ashok Leyland

Amit Kumar

Senior Director
Netradyne Technology

Anil Baliga

Eka Mobility

Aniruddha Kulkarni

Vice President and Head
CV engineering
Tata Motors

Ashish Bhagra

Mahindra MSTC Recycling Pvt Ltd (Cero)

Bal Malkit Singh

Past President & Chairman Core Committee

Devndra Chawla

Greencell Mobility

Dheeraj Hinduja

Executive Chairman
Ashok Leyland

Farrokh N Cooper

Chairman & MD
Cooper Corporation

Kunal Aggarwal

Kool-Ex / Bhoruka Logistics

Manish Raj Singhania


Manvi Jain

PMI Electro Mobility

Nitin Chamaria

Blue Energy Motors

Prasanna Patwardhan


Ramesh Palagiri

Wirtgen India

Sulajja Firodia Motwani

Founder & CEO
Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions

Dr. S. S. Thipse

Senior Deputy Director

Uday Narang

Founder & Chairman
Omega Seiki Mobility

V Ramanathan

Head – OE Business – CV Solutions Division
ZF Group


10:00 am- 10:30 am


10:30 am - 10:35 am

Welcome Note

  • Sumana Sarkar, Assistant Editor Desk Lead -,Mobility, Infra & Defence, FinancialExpress.com
10.35 am- 11.15 am

Panel Discussion: Energy Mix for the Future

  • Aniruddha Kulkarni, VP and Head, CV engineering, Tata Motors
  • Alok Verma, Head Corporate Strategy & ESG, Ashok Leyland
  • V Ramanathan, Head – OE Business – CV Solutions Division, ZF Group
  • Nitin Chamaria, CFO, Blue Energy
  • Roshun Povaiah, Editor, FinancialExpress.com (Moderator)
11.15 am- 11.30 am

Partner Presentation: Steering Towards Safer Transportation with AI-powered Technologies

  • Amit Kumar, Senior Director, Marketing, Netradyne
11.30 am- 12.15 pm

Panel Discussion: Making India - Global Manufacturing Hub

  • Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO, Kinetic Green
  • Dr. S.S. Thipse, Senior Deputy Director, ARAI
  • Anil Baliga, President, Eka Mobility
  • Ramesh Palagiri, MD, Wirtgen India
  • Sumana Sarkar, Assistant Editor Desk Lead- Mobility, Infra & Defence, FinancialExpress.com (Moderator)
12.15 pm- 12.30 pm

Special Address

  • Dr. Ajit Shinde, Regional Transport Officer, Pune
12.30 pm- 1.00 pm

Fireside Chat: Make in India for the World

  • Farrokh N Cooper, Chairman & MD, Cooper Corporation
  • Roshun Povaiah, Editor, FinancialExpress.com (Moderator)
1.00 pm- 1.40 pm

Panel Discussion: Electrification and Connectivity in CV segment

  • Abhinav Srivastava, CIO & Head of IT Services, DICV
  • Manvi Jain, Director, PMI Electro Mobility
  • Uday Narang, Founder & Chairman, OSM
  • Devndra Chawla, CEO, Greencell Mobility
  • Nilesh Wadhwa, Principal Correspondent, FinancialExpress.com (Moderator)
1.45 pm- 2.30 pm


2.30 pm- 2.40 pm

Panel Discussion: Special Address

  • Dheeraj Hinduja, Executive Chairman, Ashok Leyland
2.40 pm- 3.30 pm

Panel Discussion: Replacement Demand and CV Sales

  • Manish Raj Singhania, President, FADA
  • Ashish Bhagra, COO, Mahindra CERO
  • Kunal Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Kool-Ex
  • Bal Malkit Singh, Past President & Chairman Core Committee, AITC
  • Prasanna Patwardhan, President, BOCI
  • Nilesh Wadhwa, Principal Correspondent, FinancialExpress.com (Moderator)
3.30 pm- 3.40 pm

Vote of Thanks

  • Roshun Povaiah, Editor, FinancialExpress.com
3.40 pm onwards

Tea / Networking

Who Should Attend



  • Gain practical and actionable insights
  • Discuss and debate strategies with your peers and industry experts
  • Network face-to-face with India’s top executive and rapidly build a network of new business relationships
  • Attend cutting-edge conference sessions, obtain access to unique expertise and take away new solutions to your business



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