NITI Aayog, the government’s think tank, has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030. The move is to expand the scope of the clean fuel technology beyond two- and three-wheelers.
Proposal to Ministries:
♦ It also seeks to fix responsibility for different ministries. It had asked the Ministry of road transport and highways to prepare a framework to phase out the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030.
♦ It has also suggested that the ministry roll out an e-highways program, with an overhead electricity network, to enable playing of trucks and buses on select National Highways.
♦ It directed the Ministry of Heavy Industries to go for complete replacement of all diesel/ petrol vehicles with EVs of all central ministries, agencies and public sector by 2030.
♦ The proposals are part of the plan to manufacture 50 Gigawatt hour (GWh) batteries by 2030.
Earlier, a panel headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had suggested that only electric-powered three-wheelers and two-wheelers with an engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025.