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Government encourages electric vehicles but will not stop registration of vehicles on ice, says Gadkari

The government encourages the adoption of electric vehicles and the use of alternative fuels like ethanol, bio-LNG, green hydrogen, but it will not stop the registration of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday. Virtually addressing an event organized by the industry body Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Gadkari further said he was also trying to encourage the use of 50 percent ethanol in aviation fuel. .

“We are encouraging (the adoption) of electric vehicles (EVs) and (the use) of alternative fuels like ethanol, bio-LNG, green hydrogen… (But) we will not stop anything (ICE vehicles )”, did he declare. The Minister of Road Transport and Highways noted that the sale of electric vehicles had increased because people were responding well.
“I think we don’t need to make anything (ICE vehicles) mandatory,” Gadkari added. He pointed out that 250 startups are working on electric vehicles, which will reduce the cost of electric vehicles. Noting that green hydrogen is the future, he said. “I will be buying a car next month that will run on hydrogen.”

First publication: STI


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