The electric highway project that the Central Highway announced some time ago appears to have been set in motion. According to a report by The imprint, sources from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways estimate that the first batch of these highways could be completed in 2022. The electronic highway project has been one of the main areas of public infrastructure development for the current government and the government. Delhi-Jaipur section. the Delhi-Mumbai highway will be the first to be electrified.
If the project is completed on schedule, you will soon be able to say goodbye to your refueling problems by driving to Jaipur from Delhi and back. The move is also expected to give new impetus to a modern and environmentally friendly identity for Indian road transport, and boost domestic and international tourism as Kevadia will soon have India’s first electric vehicle zone, Goa already has a bicycle. exciting electric. scene.
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Modeled on the electrified roads in Sweden and Germany, this 200 km section will recharge the batteries of the vehicles traveling there. This step should not only put more emphasis on electric vehicles, but also reduce the carbon footprint associated with transport. Earlier this year, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said buses and trucks could run at 120 km / h on the Delhi-Jaipur section and logistics costs would drop by 70 %.
In 2020, the minister shared that the government was discussing the construction of the electric highway with a Swedish company. Now, sources within the ministry are said to have shared that authorities are in talks with three other companies, from Germany, Israel and Sweden, to build and electrify these highways as part of public-private partnerships.
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A fifth of the roads of the said highway will be equipped with a recharging capacity and a separate lane reserved for electric vehicles to recharge their batteries. The publication also said that these highways will be dedicated to freight vehicles carrying white goods and other industrial and FMCG goods. The huge economic benefits of electric highways for freight vehicles have been well documented.
Not only freight vehicles, transformations in the transport sector such as highways and electric vehicle zones are also expected to lead to a possible explosion of the electric car segment; several car manufacturers have announced plans that are perfectly in line with this development.
Gadkari and other members of the ruling party have long fought for electric vehicles. While the Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a tax reduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for people buying electric vehicles through loans, under the FAME program (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles), the government. In April this year, Gadkari also expressed confidence that India would become the world’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles.