Motivated by a desire to combat climate change, Chetan co-founded the REVA Electric Car Company, India's first electric car manufacturer, in 1994.
With a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Michigan) where he focused on solar electric vehicles, and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering (Stanford University) where he worked on hybrid electric vehicles, Chetan has over 20 years of experience in the development of solar, hybrid and electric vehicles in the U.S. and India. Prior to REVA, he worked for Amerigon Inc. (USA) and General Motors (USA). As a program manager at Amerigon, he was responsible for all electric vehicle programs and initiated the REVA project.
In 2009, Chetan was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 50 most influential people in India, and at the 2010 AIMA Managing India Awards, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year." He has also been amongst the select few to have been adjudged as a Young Global Leader (YGLs) for 2011 by The World Economic Forum, and in 2011, he received the India Business Icon Award from Entrepreneur CNBC TV18. At The Economist's annual event in London, in October 2011, the publication conferred Chetan Maini its 2011 'Innovation Award in Energy and the Environment' for his work on affordable electric vehicles.
Chetan also serves as a member of India's National Board on Electric Mobility (NBEM) formed by the Government of India's Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. He is also the Chairman of the Personal Transporation Council, World Economic Forum. He currently holds patents in energy management systems for electric vehicles and has presented technical and keynote papers on electric vehicles globally. His papers have been published in several international journals.