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Centre plans one EV station for every 69,000 petrol pumps: Nitin Gadkari

The government also aims to set up more electric vehicle charging points around the country as part of the drive towards e-mobility. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Roads, Transport and Highways, said the Centre plans to set up at least one EV charging station for every 69,000 petrol pumps in the future to drive people to use more electric vehicles.

When he unveiled the initiative, Gadkari addressed a virtual meeting, saying it intends to accelerate the country’s electric vehicle uptake. Gadkari also remembered the measures taken by the Centre to support electric cars during the meeting.

The ecosystem of battery charging is very significant… The government aims to set up at least one electric vehicle charging kiosk at about 69,000 petrol pumps nationwide to induce people to go for electric mobility,”Battery charging ecosystem is very important…government is planning set up at least one electric vehicle charging kiosk at around 69 thousand petrol pumps across the country to induce people to go for electric mobility,”

In addition to delinking the battery cost of two and three-wheelers from the total cost of the cars, the government has recently agreed to reduce the GST on electric vehicles to 5 per cent. The move helps to minimise by almost 30 per cent the overall expense.

Gadkari said earlier that in the next five years the government plans to make India the world’s car manufacturing centre. He said The future is very bright and India has the potential to become the largest Electric Vehicle (EV) market in the world as the government continues to push for EV adoption.”

Gadkari also indicated that the cost of electric cars should be held down by EV makers to draw more customers and forfeit profit for the time being to later reap the benefits. He said, “Reducing cost may result in some losses initially, but will bring great benefits. As a marketing strategy, you have to reduce the cost to get numbers.”

In order to reduce car emissions and go for renewable energy, not just the Centre, some of the state government have also taken the lead in encouraging electric vehicles. Recently, the Delhi government has introduced its own strategy on electric vehicles where it offers EV buyers discounts. Similarly, the governments of Telangana and Gujarat both have their own policies on electric cars.

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