Transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that the battery swapping policy proposed by Niti Aayog to promote advanced electric mobility in the country is not viable in India. Niti Aayog has in its report come out in favour of standardised, smart and swappable batteries with lease and/or pay-per-use business models. The report states that the accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles could save USD 60 billion in diesel and petrol cost and cut down as much as 1 giga tonne of carbon emissions for India by 2030.
“The battery swapping policy I feel is not appropriate for the country because it is a very difficult thing. That is not going to be possible in the country,” Gadkari, said at the “smart mobility” conference organised by apex business chamber Ficci. The minister said he had told Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in formal discussions on the issue, that the idea is not viable and should be scrapped. Gadkari made a strong case for the London transport model in the country, particularly Delhi, saying there are nine transporters in the British capital that take care of public transport. He termed the model as highly successful with an intelligent transport system.
Given the high levels of pollution in Delhi and other places, electric vehicles for public transport besides vehicles on biofuel are the need of the hour and the government is working on charging infrastructure, the minister said. Read More…
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