New Delhi (NV): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today launched the “Go Electric” campaign to spread awareness on the benefits of electric mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.
The campaign was launched in the august presence of the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power & New and Renewable Energy R K Singh, the Ministry of Power said in a statement.
While launching the nationwide campaign, aimed at creating awareness at PAN-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of Electric Vehicle manufacturers, Gadkari said that electric fuel is a major alternative for fossil fuels which have an import bill of Rs 8 lakh Crore.
“When compared to conventional fuels the electric fuel has low cost, reduced emissions and it is also indigenous,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.
Gadkari also urged the Power Minister to encourage value addition to Carbon Dioxide which is released from thermal power plants and also mentioned about the opportunities and potential of electric cooking in India.
Speaking about diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector the Transport Minister said that the Ministry of Power should promote generation of green power from agriculture waste and biomass which can also benefit the farmers across the country.
He also informed the Go Electric campaign is an important initiative that would help in reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and would be an important step towards a cleaner and greener future.
On the occasion, RK Singh also expressed confidence that this campaign would go a long way in fulfilling the main objective of Energy Transition to move ahead on the path of Low Carbon economy, thereby saving our Country and the Planet from the adverse impact of Climate Change.
Singh also emphasized the use of Clean and Safe Electric Cooking and urged the citizens to adopt Electric Cooking which is safe and can benefit consumers due to Low Heat Wastage being energy efficient.
During the launch, the logo of ‘Go Electric’ was also unveiled depicting the evolution of e-mobility eco-system. The audio-visual creatives specifically designed for enhancing consumer awareness were also screened during the launch, the ministry said.
The industry players also organized an exhibition displaying different electric vehicles including e-buses, e-cars, 3-wheelers, and 2-wheelers apart from available charging options such as fast chargers and slow chargers, it added.
The event was attended by delegates from State Governments, PSUs, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other industry players from across sectors.
Further, the daylong event observed panel discussions on “Scaling up of e-mobility Infrastructure in India and Role of different Stakeholders in e-mobility,” the statement read. The panel discussions were attended by industry as well as policy experts as panellists from NTPC, EESL, NITI Aayog, etc.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, is mandated to undertake an awareness drive for promoting public charging, e-mobility and its ecosystem, the ministry noted.
It added that, “To implement the Go Electric campaign at the national and state levels, BEE will extend technical support to the State Designated Agencies (SDAs) and other partners to ensure uniformity of information.”