Tom De Vleesschauwer is Senior Director and Transport and Mobility Practice Leader at the Auto Industry Analysis practice at IHS Markit. He is responsible for both market research and business consulting projects in the mobility sector globally. Recently, his work has included carbon dioxide forecasting evaluations, future mobility outlooks, and the Reinventing the Wheel mobility study. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he was with the Automotive Group of Standard & Poor’s DRI. Mr. De Vleesschauwer has more than 20 years' experience in the international automotive industry. He has contributed to many special projects assessing technical, business, regulatory, and societal trends to help senior management improve their decision making. He has also assisted automotive manufacturers, global suppliers, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies, including the European Commission and Parliament. He is the author of numerous contributions to automotive publications, including Automotive Agenda—Urbanisation Special: What is the role of the car in the city of tomorrow. He is frequently quoted in the media, including Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche, Vehicle News, Detroit Free Press, and BusinessWeek. Mr. De Vleesschauwer is certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry and holds an HBO from IVA Driebergen, a BBA from Northwood University, and an MBA from the Cardiff Business School at the University of Wales.
The long-standing model of oil as the fuel of choice for transportation is being challenged from several directions, including electric powertrains and fuels such as CNG and LNG. The automotive sector is also changing with the emergence of mobility-as-a-service and autonomous vehicles. These disruptive forces could radically alter long-established trends in the industry with profound repercussions for energy. How are societal dynamics and trends affecting the landscape of mobility in India? How quickly will EVs be adopted? What advantages do gas-powered vehicles have over EVs? What strategies can energy companies adopt to stay relevant and ahead of the curve in this disruptive environment? What role can policy makers play to make this a smooth transition for companies and consumers?