Congress leader Jairam Ramesh revealed on Saturday that he had secured a new electric vehicle, thanks to a parliament question-and-answer session in March with Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
“After this exchange with Nitin Gadkari on March 22, I got myself a Tata Nexon EV. I strongly believe that India should end the manufacture of all types of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 at least, and massively drive down the cost of electric vehicles,” the congress leader tweeted today.
After this discussion with @nitin_gadkari on March 22, I got myself a Tata Nexon EV. I strongly believe that India should end the manufacture of all types of gasoline and diesel vehicles by at least 2035, and massively reduce the cost of electric vehicles.pic.twitter.com/18y2WL2UaL
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 6, 2022
During the exchange, the MP for Rajya Sabha told Nitin Gadkari that in 2021, electric vehicles account for 1.4% of all registered vehicles in the country, adding that many countries have announced a phase-out plan gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035. or by 2045.
The congressman then asked if the government had a roadmap or plan to phase out gasoline and diesel vehicles.
He added that unless there was no “specific roadmap” for electric vehicles, there would be no incentive for manufacturers to ditch petrol and diesel vehicles.
The minister responded to the congressman’s question and said “let’s not call for any fixed program with 2035 or 2040 as a deadline” for the phasing out of gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Nitin Gadkari said currently that if the cost of a car is around Rs 15 lakh, then the expenditure on petrol would be around Rs 15,000 whereas in an electric vehicle it would be around Rs 2,000 without pollution nor sound, so there is no need to market because it is a natural choice for the consumer to opt for a comfortable and economically viable option, which electric vehicles offer.
He further stated that he would not commit to the number of years for the phasing out of diesel or gasoline vehicles, as the media would then point out contradictions and that would create a problem.
Mr. Gadkari further said that they are increasing the number of CNG vehicles, and in the transport sector, the cost of logistics in India is very high compared to China where the cost is around 10%. , while in India it is about 16%. He further said that LNG is the fuel for transportation vehicles where the cost incurred would be around Rs 8 lakh but it can be recovered in 290 days.