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Niti Aayog wants only electric vehicles to be sold after 2030

The plan comes as the automobile industry lobbies intensively to oppose the push towards 100 percent electric vehicles
New Delhi: Government think tank Niti Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030, thereby widening the scope of the clean fuel technology beyond two-and-three wheelers. In order to prepare the ground for the move, the think tank has also moved a Cabinet note, seeking to fix the responsibilities for different ministries.

What is the task cut out for the ministries?

Niti Aayog wants the road transport and highways ministry to prepare a framework for phasing out and replacing all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. The plan comes as the automobile industry lobbies intensively to oppose the push towards 100 percent electric vehicles. Japanese and Korean companies have been speaking out against it. Back home in India, the argument has found takers in industry veterans like Rahul Bajaj and Venu Srinivasan. Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who had once said that the ministry is going to mandate EVs by 2030, has now said that the roadmap for doing so will be prepared in consultation with the industry. The proposal suggests making the heavy industries ministry responsible for complete replacement of all diesel/petrol vehicles with EVs of all Central ministries, agencies and public sector by 2030.

Heard of an e-highway?

While the proposal forwarded by Niti Aayog urges the highways ministry to identify stretches for electric highways, Gadkari has made a different suggestion. The transport minister wants India to take a leaf out of Sweden’s book and have a dedicated e-highway. Electric highways have an overhead electric cable that allows trucks to operate as EVs when on electrified road and as regular hybrid vehicles at other times. Gadkari has suggested that the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be an ideal stretch for introducing the service.