Indian Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari made the case for all Indian government officials to move to electric vehicles (EVs) during last weeks Go Electric campaign launch.
During the launch, Minister Gadkari noted that his department would move to EV’s as soon as possible, reports Express Drives. He further urged Power Minister R K Singh to make EV’s mandatory for his department as well. This move away from reliance on gas is part of the country’s on-going Go Electric campaign.
The move to green energy is not new, and the government supports EV and green energy solutions around the country. For instance, the government already announced 2,877 EV charging stations in 68 cities. Minister Singh also announced that a fuel cell bus service between Delhi-Agra and Delhi Jaipur would launch in the next few months.
The Go Electric campaign is focused on moving the country off of its reliance on gas and restricting India’s carbon footprint. Currently, India imports 94 million tonnes of crude oil per year for domestic use.
India’s shift to electrification could come at a good time for Tesla. After years of hoping the company would officially launch in the country, the automaker incorporated under the name “TESLA INDIA MOTORS AND ENERGY PRIVATE LIMITED “on January 8, 2021. Sales are expected to launch soon, opening up another major auto market for Tesla.