Gadkari inaugurates electric vehicle expo

Crude oil import is draining the nation’s forex so the Government is encouraging e-mobility, as it is a substitute for importing oil, economical, pollution free mode of transport, Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.

There was a rapid change in the electric mobility scenario in this country over the last one year. E-rickshaws have reached all corners of the country and now e-bikes, e-autos and e-buses are also coming, Mr Gadkari said.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the eight EVEXPO 2018, an eco-friendly Electric Vehicle Technology Expo dedicated to electric vehicle technology here. The Expo is showcasing the latest and technologically advanced, pollution free 2, 3 & 4 wheeled e-vehicles, parts and accessories, charging solutions and technology from around 150 national and international companies.

‘This is the need of the hour as we have surplus of electricity, we have coal and now even solar energy also. Crude oil import is draining our forex, so the government is encouraging e-mobility, as it is a substitute for importing oil, economical, pollution free mode of transport.’

He added that Ethanol and Bio fuel were also being encouraged now. E-rickshaws have been brought into this country so that millions of poor who have been driving cycle-rickshaws and hand carts get relief from this inhuman practice.

‘Around a crore rickshaw pullers have found new freedom, independence and new hope due to e-vehicle technology which I see as my biggest achievement. At the same time, I urge electric vehicle entrepreneurs making e-rickshaws not to take shortcuts and make quality vehicles. Sub standard vehicles will give bad name to the industry and inconvenience the poor. With big auto makers also coming into e-vehicle industry, only quality products will survive. Instead of Govt. coming with regulations which may be inconvenient to the small players, I request them to self regulate and maintain quality,” he added.

The EXPO is supported by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, MSME, International Centre for Automotive Technology(ICAT), NSIC and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna. More than 150 Indian and International e-vehicle companies are showcasing their technologically advanced, pollution free 2,3,& 4 wheeled e-vehicles like e-rickshaws, e-carts, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-bicycles, e-Loaders as well as 4 wheeled e-car and e-buses at the Expo. Latest Lithium ion batteries, charging solutions and vehicle accessories are also going to be on showcased at the Expo.

Some of the prominent Indian companies showcasing their products are Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd, Goenka Electric Motor Vehicles, SU Automotive, Autolite (India), Champion Polyplast, Him Technoforge, Greenfuel Energy Solutions, Pastiche Energy Solutions, Okaya Power Pvt Ltd, Fujiyama Power Systems, Altius Techonologies and Soni e-vehicles Pvt Ltd.

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