Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has said that India is poised for a leap in Electric Mobility. ADDRESSING a press conference after inaugurating the electric vehicle chargers- slow and fast charging-at an event, Gadkari hailed it as the beginning of a new era through the historic and revolutionary steps taken by NITI Aayog to promote Electric Mobility.
He said that the use of electric vehicles will help reduce the burgeoning crude oil imports that hit the exchequer as well as cause immense pollution. He said, “Aajkaprayas economy ko strong karega, imports substitution karega, pollution kamhogaaurrozgaarbadhegi”. The Union Minister co-related the progress made in solar and wind energy with the potential of Electric Vehicles in future in India. He urged the industry to step forward for Make-in India Electric Vehicles and gave the mantra of “First come, first profit” at the same time keeping a stringent focus on quality.
He encouraged use of electric vehicles in public transport, announcing the soon-to-be constructed 70 km electric ropeway system from DhaulaKuan, Delhi to Manesar. He also spoke about tackling on-ground issues such as by providing for Electric Charging stations at the prevalent petrol pumps infrastructure.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced on this occasion that NITI Aayog would convert all of its fleet to Electric Vehicles, EV over the next 4 months. He said “We will push adoption across all segments including two wheelers, three wheelers and buses. NITI Aayog, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Power, and Department of Heavy Industries will come together to bring about a revolution to support the PM’s initiative of using Technology for Make-in-India”.