Recently, Union minister Nitin Gadkari was addressing the Amazon’s Smbhav Summit virtually where he mentioned that lithium-ion batteries would be manufactured fully in the country in the next six months and India will become number one electric vehicle maker in the world in due course of time. He also said that the government wants to encourage automakers to introduce flex-fuel engines in India and he is in the final discussion with manufacturers.
Mr Gadkari said- “India is moving ahead towards making electric vehicles. In due course of time we will be the number one electric vehicle(EV) maker in the world. All reputed brands are present in India. India has got tremendous capability for making green power… Within six months, I am confident that we will be in position to make 100 per cent lithium-ion battery in India, there is no shortage of lithium.”
He also mentioned that the government is also working to launch hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology which uses chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen (from air) to generate electrical energy, eliminating the use of fossil fuels. With India currently importing Rs 8 lakh crore worth of crude oil which is going to double in the next 4-5 years it is important to look for an efficient and alternative mode of energy. He even pointed out that in the next two years, the cost of electric vehicles will come down and will be as competitive as petrol and diesel vehicles.
Mr Gadkari emphasised that the quality of EV manufactured in India should be of international standard so that the Indian automobile industry becomes the number one manufacturing hub in the world. Hence, the government is now encouraging ethanol, methanol, bio- CNG, electric and hydrogen fuel cell.