Responding to a question on the Niti
Aayog’s draft guidelines that set a timeline for phasing out ICE-vehicles and
transitioning to electric vehicles, Gadkari said that his ministry has not
proposed any deadline for the same.
“We will not set any deadline for electric
mobility. You see a lot of State governments are procuring electric buses, the
transition will happen as a natural process,” Gadkari said on the sidelines of
a press meet here on Wednesday.
Steering committee’s roadmap for smooth
roll-out of EVs
In June this year, a steering committee
headed by NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant has in its report laid out a
roadmap for the smooth roll-out of electric vehicles in a phased manner, as
well as the setting up of battery manufacturing factories to bring down the
costs of EVs.
As per panel, all 3-wheelers and 2-
wheelers below 150cc to go electric by 2023 and 2025, respectively
This panel had drawn up an extensive
plan for replacement of various categories of vehicles by EVs in certain time
frames. As per it, all three-wheelers and all two-wheelers below 150cc will
need to go electric by 2023 and 2025, respectively.
Consulting all stakeholders
before setting deadlines, says the Minister
Gadkari on previous occasions had said
that he will call a stakeholders’ consultation before setting any deadlines for
transition to electric vehicles in the country. ET had reported the same on
Auto industry worst slowdown in last
The auto sector in the country is
witnessing its worst slowdown in the last two decades. The auto industry has
been lobbying against policy measures meant to disincentivise petrol and
diesel-run vehicles in the country.