INDIAS ELECTRIC FUTURE
THE UNION MINISTER for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, is determined to see an electric future. And it appears he has indeed managed to bulldoze his ministry into chalking out such a roadmap. “Already we are in the process of a cabinet note where we are going to plan charging stations. It is in the last stage and will be done as early as possible,” he announced at the 57th annual convention of SIAM. While India awaits her electric future, for the rest of the world e-mobility seems to be the present. Take the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. From BMW to Volkswagen, everyone who had a pavilion was busy showcasing e-solutions. Meanwhile, across the world in Japan, the Renault-Nissan Alliance was also busy showcasing the new generation of the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback. In this brand new ‘e-Briefing’ section, every month we will look at all that’s happening in the electric mobility sector – in India and abroad. This month we have a roundup of all the electric stuff from Frankfurt, detailed preview of the Leaf and news of Maruti Suzuki’s declaration that it too will build an e-car.