Workers who earn only a few Euros a day and managers who stay in hotels for a couple hundred Euros a night. Streets filled with busses, brightly colored trucks, rickshaws, cows and the occasional Porsche Cayenne. Giant skyscrapers amongst a sea of tin shacks. And everywhere dirt and dust. Volker Wachenfeld, Vice President of Off-Grid Solutions at SMA, and a sales colleague experienced firsthand how worlds are colliding in India – one rich and one poor. What impressed the team the most was the friendly disposition and easygoing nature of the Indians, and their astronomical consumption of diesel fuel.
I talked to Volker about his trip and his impressions.