Looks like the BJP led NDA government is planning to incorporate a huge change in the country’s transport system.
Speaking at the first edition of the ‘Smart Mobility Conference’ organised by FICCI, Nitin Gadkari said, “There is a lot of potential from the London Transport Model to enhance e-mobility in India and my ministry is engaging with them to scope out synergies in implementing the same model in various cities like Varanasi, Nagpur and Pune among others.”
Also, Gadkari added, “Public transport running on biofuel and electricity is the focus of the government as it would be environment-friendly and cost-effective.”
Talking about the feasibility of electric vehicles, the Union Transport Minister elaborated how India has the potential to become the electric vehicle hub of the world.
“India is an electric-surplus and coal surplus country and the nation can capitalise on this advantage to become an all-electric vehicle hub in the world, ” he said.
Gadkari, who pioneered the electric vehicle project in Nagpur, also talked about his plans to expand the scope of the project in the city and said, “At present, there are 200 electric taxis in Nagpur along with 200 charging stations and by next month charging capacity of more than 10,000 cars will be created. The government is planning to increase the number of electric taxis from 200 to 2000 in Nagpur. Increasing production will also reduce the cost of the lithium-ion battery over time, which almost makes up for 40% of the total cost of an electric vehicle.”
Laying stress on the need for a pollution-free source of energy, Gadkari talked about methanol-fueled vehicles. He also cited the example of Sweden, where diesel has been replaced by methanol.
“Research in converting carbon dioxide to methanol is promising and can be a game changer for the economy,” Gadkari explained.
He concluded by saying, “Cost-effective, indigenous, import substitute and pollution-free electric vehicles is the smart mobility solution for India.”
With the pollution level reaching its peak in the country’s capital, an alternate source of energy and a more efficient transport model is the need of the hour.
Information source: indianexpress