More in­cen­tives for elec­tric ve­hi­cles soon: Nitin Gad­kari

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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.

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