Is the future here? India may soon have its first “electric highway”; what it means | Latest India News
The central government is considering the concept of an “electric highway” to be built between the national capital of Delhi and Jaipur in Rajasthan. Union of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday that the government was already in talks with a foreign company to build the electric highway – his “dream” project – between the two cities. and that construction work could start very soon if the discussions follow one another. Sister publication of the Hindustan Times HT Auto reports that in addition to the Delhi-Jaipur section, another electric highway could also be built between Delhi and Mumbai, and discussions are underway with a Swedish company on this subject.
What is an “electric highway”?
As the world shifts from conventional fuels to alternative energy sources to power transportation, electricity is currently the most popular choice for powering vehicle propulsion engines. If the proposed electric highway passes, it will see electrically powered vehicles circulating on the section – the first of which will be between Delhi and Jaipur; and later, if all goes well, the Delhi-Mumbai stretch could see another one of those electric highways.
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According to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, electric vehicles are not limited to small road vehicles. Buses, trucks and railway engines can also potentially be powered by electricity. The minister said it was his dream to build an electric highway, but the project is still at the proposal stage.
“It is my dream to build an electric highway from Delhi to Jaipur,” Gadkari said, quoted by PTI news agency. “It’s still a proposed project. We are in discussion with a foreign company.
He said that as Minister of Transport he resolved to end the use of gasoline and diesel in the country.
Electric vehicles, the future of transport
An electric vehicle (EV) uses one or more electric motors for propulsion and can be powered by either an electric current collector system (e.g. catenaries or third electric rails powering electric streetcars or locomotives), a battery (can be charged by solar panels or by converting fuel into electricity using fuel cells or generator) and any other extravehicular energy source.
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Due to the variety of options available, electric vehicles are not limited to road vehicles; electricity can theoretically power railroads, airplanes, spacecraft and even submarine ships. He has also been described as one of the 100 best contemporary solutions to fight climate change and should reduce the drastic impact of conventional transport on global warming and the environment.
In its latest perspectives, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this year that governments around the world should do more to meet climate goals with policies that favor electric vehicles, and India’s proposed electric highway project should be an important step in that direction.