India’s Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, fondly nicknamed the “Highway Man of India” for his infrastructure initiatives, recently took a trip down the memory lane and revealed the first-ever vehicle that he owned. Speaking at the launch event of the Kinetic E-Luna, the iconic moped in its new electric guise, the minister said that his first vehicle was the Luna itself.
Remembering his first vehicle, Gadkari said “On this special occasion, I reminisce about my first vehicle-the Luna, a cherished gift from my mother to me. The Luna holds a special place in my heart as my first vehicle, and though today, I own numerous other vehicles, the memories associated with the Luna presented by my mother remain engraved in my heart,”
The Kinetic Luna was first launched in 1972 by Kinetic Engineering as a 50cc moped that became immensely popular in the late 90s. Fast forward to 2024, when the electric vehicle revolution is in full swing in India, led by the two-wheeler segment, especially in the last-mile mobility sector, Kinetic Green has launched the new E-Luna.

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The E-Luna boasts a colored, dual-tubular steel chassis and offers a payload capacity of 150 kg. Its electric propulsion comes from a 2.0 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, providing a claimed range of 110 km per charge. The moped is driven by a 2.2 kW motor, enabling it to reach a top speed of 50 kmph.
Gadkari is renowned for his staunch support for green vehicles and has been a vocal advocate for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). His personal collection features a variety of environmentally friendly cars such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV and the Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).
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