Future of India Automotive industry is dependent on many factors like upcoming BS VI norms to be implemented in 2020, revolution in electric vehicle, Connectivity and Sharing as next big thing. With all these factors keeping in mind and looking at infrastructure development in India, government intentions are clear about Electric Vehicle implementation .
Speaking at the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Industry 2017, Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari on Thursday cleared the air on the implementation of electric vehicles.
At the conference being held in New Delhi, Gadkari said, “The industry should reduce the thrust on diesel powered vehicles and plan for the next 25 years. In this, electric vehicles play a key role. Earlier, the industry wasn’t ready due to the cost of battery but in the last one year, the cost of battery has been reduced by 40 percent. We should aim for electric public transportation.”
He also insisted on manufacturing electric vehicles to achieve economies of scale.
Throwing light on skilled manpower, surplus power, availability of raw material and low-cost manufacturing, the minister emphasized upon reducing imports and increasing exports. In this regard, the government is setting up a new auto cluster at Kandla in Gujarat with the anticipated investment of Rs 16 lakh crores.
During his speech at the SIAM convention, Nitin Gadkari further said, “Be ready for the future implementation of norms. We would not be able to help the industry if they say we are still left with old stocks of vehicles.”
Apart from putting the thrust on electric vehicles, the minister of road transport and highways also said, “The industry should have an integrated approach towards the auto industry — be it BS-VI fuel, engineering, research, development or having allied industries which can support the auto industry.”
According to the minister, the union government is planning to open 2,000 driver training centres across the country and is also planning to develop vehicle aggregating apps to support transportation in small towns.