Technology Readiness Level (TRL) < 5

Each Innovation Theme will have individual 3 winners:

Cash Prizes

Rs 3 lakh

First Runner-up

Rs 2 lakh

Second Runner-up

Rs 1 lakh

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 and above

There will only 3 winners across all Innovation Themes:

Cash Prizes

Rs 10 lakh

First Runner-up

Rs 7 lakh

Second Runner-up

Rs 5 lakh

Incubation support worth up to Rs 50 Lakh will be offered to selected candidates. (T&C Apply)

Know more about TRL

Innovation Themes


Motors, Controller, Gearbox, Axles


Batteries, Fuel Cells, Alternate Chemistries, Charging Infrastructure, Wireless Charging, Overhead Charging

Telematics, Intelligence & Connectivity (TIC)

Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication

Open Theme

Accessories, Harness, Braking, Steering, Materials etc.

TRL - Technology Readiness Level

  1. TRL 9
    Actual system “fight proven” through successful mission operations
  2. TRL 8
    Actual system completed and “fight qualified” through test & demonstration ( ground / space)
  3. TRL 7
    System prototype demonstration in a space environment
  4. TRL 6
    System /subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment (ground / space)
  5. TRL 5
    Component &/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  6. TRL 4
    Component &/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  7. TRL 3
    Analytical & experimental critical function &/or characteristic proof of concept
  8. TRL 2
    Technology concept and /or application formulated
  9. TRL 1
    Basic principles observed and reported

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a measurement system used to assess the maturity level of a particular technology. Each technology project is evaluated against the parameters for each technology level and assigned a TRL rating based on the progress. There are nine technology readiness levels. TRL 1 is the lowest, and TRL 9 is the highest.

A TRL number is obtained once the description in the diagram has been achieved. For example, successfully achieving TRL 4 (lab environment) does not move the technology to TRL 5. TRL 5 is achieved once component/ breadboard validation is in a relevant environment. The technology remains TRL 4 until the relevant environmental validation is complete.


Traction Theme

Traction Theme invites entrepreneurs and startups to create innovative technologies for motors, motor controllers, gearboxes, axles, and more, shaping the future of electric vehicle propulsion systems.

Traction Theme aims to enhance the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of electric vehicles by developing novel solutions which include but are not limited to-

  • Improve motor topology.

  • Motors with new magnetic materials (that do not use rare earth elements).

  • Shape Memory Alloy for various applications such as actuators, positioning and control, overload protection, vibration damping, electrical contact, etc. for motors.

  • Modular power electronics and embedded systems to enable variable power delivery through the same embedded hardware.

  • Optimizing motor controller performance.

  • Motor control systems for more compact, lightweight, and high-performance motors.

  • Gearbox and axle technologies by utilizing torque convertors or newly developed materials.

  • Solutions to manage thermal properties of motor.

  • Other alternate technologies to reduce costs and supply chain problems.


Energy Theme

Energy Theme invites visionary startups to create technologies that optimize energy storage, enhance charging capabilities, and reimagine how we store and harness energy for electric vehicles and the possibilities of sustainable transportation.

Theme aims to enhance the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of electric vehicles by developing novel solutions which include but are not limited to–

  • High-performance batteries with higher energy density.

  • Batteries with improved safety, extended range and faster charging capabilities.

  • Fuel cell technologies for clean and efficient power generation.

  • Explore alternate chemistries (Sodium ion battery, Solid state battery) to enhance battery performance.

  • Novel architectures to reduce costs for battery management system (BMS) and developing BMS for alternate technologies to AFE

  • Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS) - Supercapacitor + Battery

  • Active/passive cooling solutions for battery pack.

  • Detection/Prevention of dendrites (Software-based AI/ML)- Early detection/prediction of dendrite formation by ML.

  • Revolutionize charging infrastructure with wireless and overhead charging solutions (pantograph).

  • Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology for vehicles to connect to the power grid and supply electricity back to the grid when required.


Telematics, Intelligence
& Connectivity (TIC) Theme

The Telematics, Intelligence, & Connectivity Theme presents an exciting opportunity for startups to accelerate the development of seamless connectivity, intelligent decision-making, and enhanced user experiences in electric vehicles by leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Theme aims to enhance the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of electric vehicles by developing novel solutions which include but are not limited to–

  • Startups can create intelligent systems that optimize energy consumption.

  • Enhance vehicle performance.

  • Monitor and analyze personalized user driving behavior.

  • Accident detection and prevention

  • Development of cloud computing enabled scalable and secure platforms for real-time analytics, data management, and remote vehicle monitoring.

  • Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems and sensors that enable features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and autonomous parking.

  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Cloud (V2C) communication for safer, more efficient, and cooperative driving experiences.


Open Theme

The Open Theme invites startups to pioneer innovative technologies in electric vehicle accessories and components.

Theme aims to enhance the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of electric vehicles by developing novel solutions which include but are not limited to–

  • Advanced wire harness designs for efficient and reliable electrical connectivity in the vehicles.

  • Braking systems for improved responsiveness and energy regeneration

  • Steering mechanisms for enhanced maneuverability and precision.

  • Sustainable and recyclable materials in electric vehicle manufacturing.

  • Incorporating eco-friendly materials for interiors.

  • Lightweight composite materials for improved energy efficiency.

  • Recycling process for battery materials.