More incentives for electric vehicles soon: Nitin Gadkari
Electric vehicles are set to get a major push from the government. Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari said the electric vehicles are the need of the hour but India doesn’t need self-driving cars at this juncture,
when millions of Indians earn their livelihood as drivers.
“Electric vehicles are the future. NITI Aayog will soon submit a cabinet note on electric vehicles, after which the industry can expect more concessions,” Gadkari said.
Major carmakers have recently ramped up their EV plans, with Mahindra & Mahindra entering into a partnership with Uber India to roll out electric cabs and Suzuki partnering with Toyota to roll out cost-effective EVs on Indian roads by 2020.
On self-driving cars, the minister said, “India has a shortage of 2.2 million drivers. Driving provides employment to millions of people. It will not be appropriate for us to have selfdriving
cars in the present scenario.”
Gadkari said the auto companies should think big in India with highway construction expanding at a historic pace of 28km per day. India plans to construct 40km of highway a day, by the middle of next year.