Go electric, go global to make India an automobile manufacturing hub, Gadkari tells Industry

The government is aiming at creating core global competencies in automobile manufacturing in India by facilitating seamless integration of the industry with the world, Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways and MSME, said Tuesday. 

Government, he said, is trying to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in the country and the auto industry must come together to work jointly towards achieving broader national agenda of reducing pollution, Gadkari was addressing the ‘9th Edition of Auto Serve 2020‘ Electric Mobility Conference 2020-Seizing Opportunities in New Normal, in a virtual event.
He elaborated on a number of steps that the government has taken to promote electric mobility, which include reduction in GST to 5 per cent, allowing delinking of battery cost of 2-3 wheelers from vehicle cost as it accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the cost, etc. Battery charging ecosystem is very important, and as such, he said, the government is planning to set up  at least one electric vehicle charging kiosk at around 69,000 petrol pumps across the country to induce people to go for electric mobility.
Gadkari also said, “Government is also working towards making India a global automobile manufacturing hub in next five years,” adding, “This is my dream, he stressed. This will also contribute in fulfilling the prime minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
He stressed that India is poised to become global automobile manufacturing hub in the next 5 years. This, he felt, is possible as our auto industry has made significant strides in terms of development of different designs and models, robust R&D, huge market, stable government framework and bright and young engineering minds. India already is the largest manufacturer of two-wheelers in the world, he added.
Considering the huge potential of the sector the government has earmarked over Rs51,000 crore for this sector under Production Linked Incentive (PLI), the highest amongst the 10 champion sectors. 
He also stated that there is a huge requirement of about 25 million skilled jobs in the automobile sector in the near future. This is very significant as this industry is going to create maximum jobs and growth, he added.
Gadkari further called upon the automobile industry to push for manufacturing flex engines, which has versatility to use petrol or ethanol/CNG as fuels. He stressed that the Indian auto industry needs to follow the example of Brazil and US auto sectors in this regard. The auro industry, he said, should ld utilise the opportunity being thrown up by the alternative and less polluting fuels like CNG, hydrogen, electricity.
Gadkari also said that the government is working towards making e-highway on Delhi and Mumbai Expressway. He added that auto sector should look at making different variants to cater to market needs.