Gadkari calls for R&D, shift towards alternate battery technologies for electric vehicles

With electric vehicles fast becoming the new reality, Union minister for MSME and road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, has stressed the need to emerge as pioneers in developing leading battery and power-train technologies.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 Jan 2021 11:27 AM GMT
Gadkari calls for R&D, shift towards alternate battery technologies for electric vehicles

Hyderabad: With electric vehicles fast becoming the new reality, Union minister for MSME and road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, has stressed the need to emerge as pioneers in developing leading battery and power-train technologies.

Noting that the challenge we presently face is the control on strategic reserves of lithium, which is used to manufacture lithium-ion rechargeable batteries used in vehicles, the minister has called upon the electric vehicle (EV) sector to shift towards a completely indigenous battery technology in the coming years. This could be metal-air, metal-ion, and other potential technologies in the R&D pipeline.

Pointing out the need to achieve the goal of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat in the transport sector, Mr. Gadkari said it is necessary to dedicate the coming years to rigorous research and development of such alternative battery technologies with the support of our Institutions of Eminence (IoEs), industry, scientists, engineers, and the government.


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