Congress’s Jairam Ramesh buys an electric vehicle after a swap between Parliament and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Congress President Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh credited Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for his decision to switch to an electric vehicle, citing a conversation from March this year. The two leaders had discussed the virtues of using an EV during a question and answer session in parliament.
“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 veteran politician tweeted, sharing his earlier post.

During the exchange (where Ramesh was looking for a roadmap for phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles), Gadkari had noted that the expense of refueling a car was far greater than that of recharging it. .

According to a recent written response given by Gadkari to the Rajya Sabha, there are more than 13 lakh electric vehicles registered in the country. This figure excludes data from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep.

Earlier on Monday, the Union minister had insisted on the need to reduce the use of diesel in the public transport system and said the fare for electric buses could be 30% lower. Addressing an event in Madhya Pradesh, he said the central government was moving ahead with its plan to run 50,000 electric buses in the country.

“There is a need to change the country’s transportation system from a long-term perspective. Instead of gasoline and diesel, we should focus on cheaper options like electricity, green hydrogen, ethanol and bio-CNG,” said the minister. He also felt that it was necessary to reduce the cost of works with the use of technology in basic infrastructure.

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