The government stays true to its mission of shifting public and logistics transport to 100% green and clean sources of energy, says Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari while addressing the Symposium on International Automotive Technology said PM Modi launched the national hydrogen mission that seeks to develop hydrogen technologies for the benefit of the mobility sector and make India the leader in the production and usage of green hydrogen.
He highlighted that 70% of Green hydrogen production costs come from electricity costs, thus the surplus electricity from renewable energy sources can completely change the economics of production of green hydrogen production.
Green Hydrogen is the fuel of the future which can help us achieve the mission of “Zero Carbon Emissions”, Gadkari said.
While speaking on the nation walking on PM Modi’s vision of becoming AtmaNirbhar across all sectors he said, “our automobile sector is the pride of India and he was sure that it will take India’s manufacturing towards new heights, matching and even better than International standards.”
Further speaking of the recently launched Production Linked Incentive scheme the union minister said, the scheme aims to boost ‘Advanced automotive technology products’ in the Indian auto sector which help to lower fossil fuel emissions. The government expects the scheme would lead to a fresh investment of more than Rs. 42,500 crore and creation of additional 7.5 lakh jobs in the sector.
Gadkari addressing the event also revealed the government’s plan of introducing flex-fuel vehicles which allow operation of the vehicles on 100% ethanol and petrol. He said such Flex engine-based vehicles are already running in the USA, Brazil, and Canada. technology is readily available, and it is just a matter of time to take that leap that will transform the transport landscape of India forever, he added.
Addressing another major concern of road safety, he emphasised that the safety scenario on Indian roads needs improvement.
He said the concept of Zero Vision, which is achieving zero accidents and zero loss of life is being adapted in India similar to European countries.
As per government data, every year approx. 1.5 lakh people die on Indian roads in almost 5 lakh accidents.