India looking for mass EV tech to build in India: Transport Minister Gadkari, India News News
India is seeking electricity-based technology for mass rapid transit that is cost-effective and can be manufactured domestically, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
The ministry plans to undertake the development of cable cars as an alternative transport solution in the hills and congested urban areas.
Cable cars, ropeways and in particular I am very clearly interested in working on light rail technology, Gadkari, the Union’s road transport and highways minister, said addressing a US audience here on Friday.
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Some of the American companies have also approached him with the technology, he said in his speech on Rebuilding Infrastructure for India 2.0′, part of the Reimagining India 2.0′ series.
The series of dialogues forming part of the Monthly Silicon Valley Dialogue (SVD) – was launched by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) on the occasion of India at 75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
We are looking for the technology, which can be cost effective and which we can manufacture in India for mass rapid transit (system) on electricity, Gadkari said while briefing Indo-Americans in Silicon Valley measures taken by India to strengthen its physical infrastructure, in particular the transport system.
The government, he said, is planning 11 cable car projects to boost connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Sikkim.
Port connectivity projects are being implemented to enable rapid movement of goods linking all ports and inland water mineral wastes to increase the efficiency of domestic and international trade routes, he said.
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As many as 65 projects with a length of 2,050 kilometers are planned for port connectivity, which are at various stages of development, he said.
He said India was also developing 29 emergency landing facilities for fighter jets on national highways. They are of strategic importance from a defense point of view.
Gadkari urged American companies to come and invest in India. Technocrats like you can be part of the drive to develop the best system for India, he said, adding that India allows 100% FDI in the road sector and there are huge opportunities for joint ventures.
US-based companies can collaborate with our research and development reports on electric vehicle factory technology and the retrofit industry. The government is strongly promoting solar energy and the best charging mechanism for electric mobility, he said.
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The government is working on battery swapping policy and standards for electric vehicle batteries, he said, calling it a huge opportunity for all technologies because battery swapping is a completely new sector. .
Both countries have a large pool of talented young engineers working on the most advanced technologies. I sincerely hope you will come forward and form joint ventures to realize the benefits of advanced technology in construction, alternatives, predominance and agricultural practices, Gadkari said.
Responding to a question, Gadkari said he was very confident that we will make the road infrastructure in India equal to that of the United States by the end of 2024.