Gadkari’s latest position is at variance with his earlier statement that an EV policy was awaiting the clearance of the Cabinet.
The government was planning an EV policy with the aim of 100 per cent electric mobility by 2030. However, the automobile
industry has in the past few months raised concerns over the execution of such a plan.
In an interview to Business Standard earlier this month, Gadkari had said, “We want electric, ethanol, biodiesel, and methanol buses to ply in the country. It will help address the problem of air pollution affecting major cities. We want to adopt the Transport for London (TfL) model. Nine operators in London and the corporation bring out a tender on the basis of a per kilometre charge.”
Gadkari had emphasised that the government was not against the use of petrol and diesel cars but at the same time wanted to bring in new technology for sustainable transportation.
“Accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles can save $60 billion in diesel and petrol costs, while cutting down as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions by 2030,” government think tank NITI Aayog has said in a joint report with the Rock Mountain Institute.