Cost of EVs to be at par with petrol, diesel vehicles in two years: Gadkari
Electric vehicle ownership cost in India could soon match that of the regular ICE vehicles running on petrol and diesel. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that with newer technology and green fuel, the cost of electric vehicles will go down and bring them at par with ICE vehicles in the next two years. Gadkari had earlier said that electric vehicles and car running on alternative fuel like hydrogen will change the auto industry in India in the next five years.
"I can say within maximum two years, the cost of electric scooter, car, auto-rickshaw will be same as petrol-driven scooter, car, auto-rickshaw. Prices of lithium-ion battery are coming down. We are developing this chemistry of zinc-ion, aluminium-ion, sodium-ion batteries. If petrol, you are spending ₹100, then on electric vehicle you will spend ₹10 (for using)," Gadkari said.
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Gadkari made this remarks in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways emphasised the need to shift to cost-effective indigenous fuel and hoped that this will soon reduce pollution levels in places like Delhi.
Gadkari also urged MPs to adopt hydrogen technologies for transport. He said that hydrogen will soon be the cheapest fuel alternative. Earlier this month, Gadkari launched India's first green hydrogen-based advanced fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), Toyota Mirai. He said this is the first-of-its-kind project in India that aims to create an ecosystem for such vehicles in the country.
Gadkari had earlier said that the cost efficiency of an EV compared to an ICE vehicle. He said that a customer will choose an EV if the car and a petrol car with similar cost will see massive difference in ownership cost due to fuel used.
Gadkari also dismissed concerns over lack of EV charging infrastructure in India. "I never understand this (issue of shortage of EV charging infra). There is lot of discussion...NHAI is making 650 charging stations. Every 40 km (on highway) with roadside amenities."
Gadkari also said that rising cost of EV batteries is a concern. "Presently lithium ion is a big challenge. We don't have lithium ion. About 81 per cent batteries we manufacture here in India. Now lithium ion is available in the world. Government is in the process to acquire some mines," he said.