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Only Electric Vehicles by 2030: NITI AAYOG

Only Electric Vehicles by 2030: NITI AAYOG

In a move backing the government emobility targets set for 2030, the NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold in India by 2030.

The government think tank believes that such a move will expand India’s clean fuel vision beyond two and three-wheelers in the country.

According to a report, NITI Aayog has moved a cabinet note, asking to have responsibilities assigned to different ministries.

It has also asked the road transport and highways ministry prepare a framework which will help cut out on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles.

The commission has also proposed piloting an e-highway programme with an overhead electric network to enable trucks and buses to ply on select national highways. The proposal also includes a plan to manufacture 50 gigawatt hour (Gwh) batteries by 2030.

Why this is a welcome move?

India needs to make a transition to electric vehicles as it is one of the significant sources of air pollution and Indian cities already have alarming air quality index (AQI) levels.

Further, India is obliged to reduce its global emissions, owing to the Paris climate agreement it signed in 2016. Lastly, it would also help India reduce oil imports which is a significant expense for the exchequer.

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