Don’t get China-made cars: Gadkari to US-based Tesla – ET Auto

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Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that he had told US-based Tesla not to sell ‘Made in China’ electric cars in India. The minister said he has also urged the Elon Musk-led company to have its manufacturing unit in India and export from here. Gadkari’s comments reflect a caution on China following border tensions even as trade in several areas continues.“Whatever support you (Tesla) want, will be provided by our government,” Gadkari said while addressing an event. Gadkari said he was holding dialogues with Tesla officials regarding the company’s demand related to tax concessions.

Minister in favour of raising speed limit on NHs to 140kmph:

Highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday also pitched for increasing the speed limit of vehicles on national highways and expressways, and said his ministry is in favour of increasing the maximum limit to 140 kmph, but the Supreme Court and high courts need to be convinced about it.In April, Gadkari had said Tesla has a golden opportunity to set up its manufacturing facility in India, given the country’s thrust on electric vehicles (EVs) and to get the advantage of early mover.Speaking at another event organised by industry lobby group, FICCI, Gadkari said the government intends to have EV sales penetration of 30% for private cars, 70% for commercial vehicles and 80% for two and three wheelers by 2030 as there is a n immediate need to decarbonise the transport sector.

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The road transport and highways minister added that there is a mentality regarding speed that if the speed of the car increases then there will be an accident.

Gadkari further said if electric vehicles penetrate to 40 per cent in the two-wheelers and cars segment and close to 100 per cent for buses by 2030, India would be able to reduce crude oil consumption by 156 million tonne worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore.



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