Government Is Promoting EVs, But Will Not Stop ICE Registrations – Nitin Gadkari

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Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari during a meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said that government is promoting electric vehicles and use of alternative fuels like ethanol, green hydrogen, and bio-LNG, but will also not stop ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle’s registration.

Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari said, “The cost of EVs is high because their number is less. But India is awaiting an EV revolution with 250 startup companies engaging in innovation of EV technology in the most cost-effective manner. Moreover, big auto manufacturers have also entered the competition to reduce the cost of EV manufacture.”

“If you are given a choice between a costly and polluting fossil fuel-run vehicle and a low maintenance, zero-emission EV, which would you opt for? “We are not stopping anything. We are only encouraging green vehicles and green fuels so that we fulfil our commitment in COP26, Glasgow this year,” he said.

The EV tractors and trucks will be introduced in India soon. EV infrastructure is being built by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and around 38% national grid of the country has solar power which is an indication of India moving towards green infrastructure.

Gadkari further said, “We are now thinking of using 50% ethanol in aviation fuel. Brazil has successfully done so. We produce so much rice that we can feed the world. This is why MSP is higher than the market price. If we can produce ethanol from rice waste, the farmers will be hugely benefited. All big brands in Brazil, the US and Canada are now manufacturing ‘flex-fuel’ vehicles so that a vehicle can switch from one green fuel to another. So there will be EV+bio-ethanol, hydrogen+EV, petrol+electric vehicles.”

“We are putting maximum impetus on the diversification of our energy sector, which has hitherto been dominated by fossil fuel. Besides, EV, bio-LNG, green hydrogen, CNG and bio-ethanol have great prospects. I will request the industry people to invest more and more in future clean technologies,” he added.

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