Indian government launched the Go Electric campaign to encourage the adoption of electric mobility vehicles and electric cooking appliances and to ensure energy security in the country.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari launched the campaign, saying Go Electric is a future for India that will promote low-cost, environmentally friendly and indigenous electrical products. He expressed concern about the huge cost of importing fossil fuels and said CO2 emissions from transportation vehicles are a major challenge. The country must encourage the use of vehicles that run on alternative fuels such as electric batteries, CNG and biofuels. He said India would become the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the next five years.
The Minister for Energy and New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, said that an energy transition was needed to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels. He urged people to adopt electrical appliances.
The union minister also mentioned the possibilities and potential of electric cooking in India. The Minister of Transport spoke about diversifying agriculture towards the energy and energy sectors. He said the Department of Energy should encourage the generation of green electricity from biomass and agricultural waste, which can also benefit farmers across the country.
Union Minister for Roads and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, also launched India’s first CNG-converted diesel tractor on Feb. 12, with an emphasis on saving more than Rs 1 lakh in fuel costs for farmers annually. “It will help them improve their livelihoods,” Gadkari said at launch, ANI reported.
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