for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, said India would have more
electric vehicles (EVs) than conventional vehicles by 2050. He expects the
current governmental effort to build a domestic renewable automotive industry
and advances in technology to pay off.
Speaking at the
HT Auto EV Conclave, Gadkari outlined the government’s incentives. He further
urged the industry stakeholders to help India become the world’s largest EV
manufacturing and supplying hub.
He added that
battery EVs and fuel-cell vehicle technologies complement each other and might
overtake conventional vehicles by 2050. EVs would be more affordable in the
coming years due to the indigenous battery tech, localisation of components and
huge domestic demand.
constitute 50% of the upfront cost of an EV. The union minister said that he
was looking for a substitute for lithium-ion batteries in the form of zinc-ion,
aluminium-ion and sodium-ion. He also showed his support for other alternative
and clean fuel mobility. He spoke in detail about green hydrogen as a
zero-carbon and sustainable option for heavy and long-haul vehicles and about
the use of hydrogen-blended CNG.
Gadkari mentioned that the government plans to
provide incentives to develop a procedure to retrofit existing ICE (internal
combustion) engines with CNG, LNG or electric power trains.
Source – Hindustan Times
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