Road Transport & Highway Minister, Govt of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that he believes India will become a manufacturing hub for electric vehicles in the upcoming five years. He adds that some countries do not want to deal with China after the COVID-19 crisis which can be an opportunity for India. The minister encouraged Indian automotive companies to invest in electric vehicle technology and finding alternatives to lithium-ion battery. These would help make India the next global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles.
Minister was addressing a webinar named “India’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap Post COVID-19.” he said he is aware of the issues being faced by the EV sector, but is also sure of the things to change as the sales volumes increase.
He also said, with petroleum fuel being available in limited quantity, the World has to look for alternate and cheap sources of power. He said, electric and biofuels stand a good chance for adoption. The Minister also indicated about bringing vehicle scrapping policy, and commented that it will give a fillip to auto manufacturing sector.
He recalled the London model of public transport, where private and public investment is working well. Mr. Gadkari said, adopting a similar approach will be beneficial for both the poor commuters and the civic administration. He indicated towards working on a pilot project for developing an electric highway on the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Green Corridor.