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Business News/ News / India/  EVs will be as affordable as petrol cars next year: Nitin Gadkari

EVs will be as affordable as petrol cars next year: Nitin Gadkari

In India, almost 17 lakh EVs were registered in 2022, Nitin Gadkari said.

Nitin Gadkari, union minister for surface transport, highways and shipping. (File Photo: Mint) (MINT_PRINT)Premium
Nitin Gadkari, union minister for surface transport, highways and shipping. (File Photo: Mint) (MINT_PRINT)

Electric vehicles (EVs) will become as affordable as petrol vehicles next year, Nitin Gadkari has said. The Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highway made the statement at an event on November 1 while declaring government plans on rejigging buses across the country.

The number of electric vehicles sold in India surged across all vehicle categories by 800%, according to Gadkari. In India, almost 17 lakh EVs were registered in 2022. There are 1.5 lakh transportation buses in India, of which 93% run on diesel and many are outdated and unfit. The government plans to convert all of these buses into electric ones in order to achieve the target of zero emissions, the Union Minister added.

Gadkari said that a procedure had been initiated to produce hydrogen-powered cars in India in the near future. Three processes—Black Hydrogen, Brown Hydrogen, and Green Hydrogen—are currently used to create hydrogen. In order to create black hydrogen, you need coal; to create brown hydrogen, you need petrol, and you need water to create green hydrogen.

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In order to enhance tourism in India, the government intends to expand the number of double-decker buses, as per Gadkari. The minister also said while speaking at the Zee Auto Awards 2022 that the government had plans to lower the price of tickets for AC double-decker buses in order to make it more affordable for the general public.

From Nagpur to Pune, commuters' travel times will be shortened to eight hours, according to a previous statement from the Union Minister. The Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg will be connected to the newly projected Pune-Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad) Access Control Green Expressway at Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar in order to alleviate the hassle that commuters now face when travelling from Nagpur to Pune.

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In a series of tweets, Gadkari said this road would be undertaken for construction with a completely new alignment by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Travelling from Nagpur to Pune by road takes around 14 hours at present.

As a result, it will be able to travel through Samruddhi Mahamarg from Pune to Chatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad) in two and a half hours and from Nagpur to the same destination in five and a half hours, the minister said.

(With agency inputs)

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 02 Nov 2022, 07:14 AM IST
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