India Looking For Mass EV Tech To Build In India: Nitin Gadkari

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India Looking For Mass EV Tech To Build In India: Nitin Gadkari

India is seeking for a cost-effective and locally manufactured electricity-based technology for mass rapid transit, according to Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. The ministry intends to construct ropeways as an alternative mode of transportation in hilly and crowded urban regions. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, said in a lecture to an audience in the United States on March 4, 2022, that he is “very much interested in working on the technology of light rail transport.” In his address on Rebuilding Infrastructure for India 2.0, a part of the Reimagining India 2.0 series, he said that certain US businesses have approached him with the technology.

On the occasion of India-at-75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has started a series of talks as part of the Silicon Valley weekly Dialogue (SVD). He said that the government is proposing 11 ropeway projects in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Sikkim to improve connectivity.

According to him, port connectivity projects are being conducted to allow for the rapid transit of cargo between all ports and inland water waste minerals to improve the efficiency of domestic and international commerce channels. There are about 65 port connectivity projects with a total length of 2,050 kilometres are in various phases of development. India is also building 29 emergency landing spots for fighter planes on national highways. 

Nitin Gadkari urged American businesses to invest in India. The research and development papers on EV factory technology and the retrofitting sector are available to US-based enterprises. Addressing a conference on ‘Machine Vision and Augmented Intelligence’, Nitin Gadkari said there is a need for extensive integration of artificial intelligence (AI) based technology with the traffic management system to remove human interference and the possibility of errors. “The AI-based drones and robots can be used for forensic level investigation of road accidents,” he said. According to Gadkari, traffic congestions are caused due to unbalanced demand-supply calculations. ”With the help of AI-based tools, we can accurately measure, analyse and predict traffic conditions and can take necessary steps to avoid the occurrence of incidents,” he said.

Out of 8,47,544 vehicles that were in use by government agencies, 5,384 vehicles are electric, Nitin Gadkari informed the Parliament. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said the maximum number of electric vehicles used by local authorities (1,352), followed by government undertakings (1,273) and state governments (1,237). These include central and state governments and autonomous bodies. Last year, Gadkari said that the government is encouraging adoption of electric vehicles and use of alternative fuels like ethanol, bio-LNG, green hydrogen, but it will not stop registration of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.