India to become top electric vehicle maker in the world, says Nitin Gadkari

India will become the number one electric vehicle maker in the world in due course of time, says Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari
India to become top electric vehicle maker in the world, says Nitin Gadkari
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin GadkariImage source: The Bridge Chronicle

New Delhi: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday expressed confidence India will become number one electric vehicle maker in the world in due course of time.

Nitin Gadkari said that India will become the top electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing hub in due course of time. Addressing the Amazon's Smbhav Summit virtually, Gadkari further said that the government wants to encourage automakers to introduce flex-fuel engines in India and he is in the final discussion with manufacturers.

In his address, the minister said that lithium-ion batteries will be fully manufactured in India in the next six months. "India is moving ahead towards making electric vehicles. In due course of time, we will be the number one electric vehicle maker in the world," Gadkari said. Noting that India has got tremendous capability for making green power, he added, "We are power surplus... This is time for Indian economy to use electric as power." Gadkari flagged off a fleet of electric vehicles of Amazon India virtually.

In a statement, Amazon India stated that with the latest development, it reaffirmed its commitment towards the electrification of its last mile delivery fleet to reduce its dependence on non-renewable resources.

Amazon India recently announced that it is working with Mahindra Electric to add more electric vehicles (EV) in its delivery fleet. Now, Hero Electric as well as start-ups such as 'EVage' are engaging with Amazon India to expand the company's fleet of EVs to enable sustainable deliveries of customer orders. Amazon India's Delivery Service Partners are already operating EVs of multiple formats in over 20 cities including Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Indore, and Coimbatore to name a few.

FUEL PRICES UNCHANGED

Oil marketing companies (OMC) kept petrol and diesel prices unchanged for the third straight day across four metro cities. In the national capital, petrol was sold for Rs 90.40 per litre on Sunday.

Similarly, price of the fuel in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata also was unchanged at Rs 96.83, Rs 92.43 and Rs 90.62 per litre, respectively. In line with petrol, prices of diesel also were same for the third straight day. Price of the fuel in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata was Rs 80.73, Rs 87.81, Rs 85.75 and Rs 83.61 per litre, respectively.

Fuel prices have been unchanged after declining on April 15. Fuel prices in the country have been unchanged as OMCs decided to go on a pause mode and analyse the global developments on oil prices before effecting a revision.

(With agency inputs)

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