NHAI is developing charging and amenities at every 40 km: Nitin Gadkari
While addressing the Lok Sabha the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that India has registered overall 162 percent growth in the sales of electric vehicles this year.
Responding to a question during Question Hour, Gadkari informed the House that on a year-over-year basis, the sales have risen. He said that category-wise, two-wheeler sales have increased by more than five times at 423 percent, three-wheelers by 75 percent, four-wheelers by 238 percent, and buses by 1,250 percent.
Union Minister informed the House that a total of 10,95,746 electric vehicles were registered in India with 1,742 charging stations operable as of March 13 this year.
Talking about the battery swapping policy, Gadkari said out of the total, around 85 percent of Lithium Iron battery is being manufactured in India. “We have fixed standards in the battery. If any manufacturer is not doing as per the fixed standard, action will be taken against them”, said Gadkari on the question of the charging capacity of the battery.
Gadkari said that for charging electric vehicles, our priority is to use green energy. He said that the government’s policy is to entertain all-new research, giving opportunities to new startups, by which we can establish appropriate technology which is more convenient and economically viable for the consumers.
“The NHAI is developing charging and amenities at every 40 km and we are trying to use solar and wind power for that”, said the transport minister.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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