Scrapping policy for old cars nearly final, says Nitin Gadkari

Mae Love
February 18, 2018

Gadkari and Kant were addressing the press after launching two electric vehicle charging stations at Niti Aayog's premises.

Gadkari's latest position is at variance with his earlier statement that an EV policy was awaiting the clearance of the Cabinet.

The decision to refrain from rolling out an EV policy will come as a considerable relief to automakers, many of whom have lobbied the government against such a move because an abrupt shift might catch the companies off balance. Technology is always ahead of rules and regulations.

Interestingly, in the recently concluded Auto Expo 2018, apart from automotive giants like Mahindra and Mahindra, Toyota, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki, several smaller companies and startups also presented their electric mobility solutions.

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For the government, a big trouble to adopt EV policy in India is less funding.

Replying to a query, Kant said instead of trapping technology in rules and regulations, focus should be on promoting new innovations. "The fact that the government will allow the industry to work on any form of sustainable technology is itself a policy". ABB's 50kW fast charging station can provide a full charge to an electric vehicle in only 30 minutes. However, this sudden strategy change certainly gives the Indian automobile industry breather. "If these things continue, then there should not be a problem", said Babu.

The report said that the adoption of electric and shared vehicles could help India save $60 Bn in diesel and petrol, along with cutting down as much as one gigaton of carbon emissions by 2030.

Nitin Gadkari had said that the Prime Minister was very keen on implementing this idea because statistics suggested that 68% of total pollution is caused by heavy vehicles more than 15 years old, even though they comprise of just 2.5% of India's vehicles. The installation by ABB, a global leader in electric vehicle charging, supports recent proposals by the Ministry of Highways and Transportation and NITI Aayog, which include a pilot project in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in New Delhi, India's capital.

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