Nitin Gadkari announces India’s goal to eliminate Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by ‘this’ year

Nitin Gadkari announces India's goal to eliminate Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by ‘this’ year

Nitin Gadkari announces India's goal to eliminate Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by ‘this’ year

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In a significant move for the Indian automotive industry, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced that the central government aims to completely phase out petrol and diesel vehicles within the next ten years. Speaking at a public rally in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, Gadkari emphasized the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), underscoring their affordability and zero-emission characteristics.

Gadkari highlighted that the transition to electric mobility is essential for reducing pollution and decreasing India’s reliance on imported crude oil, which imposes a significant financial burden on the country. He pointed out the cost-efficiency of EVs, noting that while diesel vehicles incur a fuel cost of ₹100, electric vehicles consume electricity worth just ₹4 for the same distance. 

The Minister reiterated his strong support for clean transport alternatives, which include not only EVs but also vehicles powered by alternative fuels. His comments reflect a growing trend in India towards embracing sustainable and eco-friendly transportation solutions.

The rise of EVs in India has been notable, with significant sales growth observed across various vehicle segments. In 2023, approximately 1.5 million EVs were sold in India, marking a 50% increase from the previous year. The forecast for 2024 is set to reach 1.7 million EVs. While the majority of EV sales are in the two and three-wheeler categories, there is also considerable progress in the passenger vehicle market.

To further boost EV adoption, the Indian government has recently revised its EV policy, allowing for lower import duties on electric models, provided manufacturers commit to local investments and sourcing. The goal is for 30% of all automotive sales in India to be electric by 2030, a target that is ambitious even by global standards. For comparison, the United States aims for 50% of all car sales to be electric by 2030, and the UK plans for 100% of car sales to be electric by 2035.

However, achieving these targets will require significant expansion of supporting infrastructure, such as charging stations, and increased public awareness about EVs. Affordability will play a crucial role in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. In a diverse country like India, this ambitious goal must be supported by a comprehensive and strategic approach.