Union Minister for Heavy Industries Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, on Wednesday, said India will become a major battery manufacturing hub in the coming years.
Speaking at the 'Green Plate EV Rally', an effort by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Ministry of Heavy Industries to promote eco-friendly transportation in Delhi's Pragati Maidan, the minister said the Centre has provided constant support for the growth of electric vehicles in the country.
"We can proudly say that 9.4 lakh EVs are now on Indian roads. The outcomes of the PLI (production linked incentive) scheme in battery development and supporting domestic manufacturing are reducing our dependence on others, and making us self-reliant."
“EVs have grown from 0.13 per cent in 2019-20 to 4.3 per cent now, and SIAM has made significant contributions in leading this change. I extend my congratulations to the team. We must work together to achieve our sustainability objectives and promote the green mobility movement," the minister said.
The 'Green Plate EV Rally' showed a fleet of over 100 electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cars, and buses.
The event was aimed at raising awareness, enhancing customer confidence in electric vehicles and showcasing the capabilities of the Indian automotive industry which has launched multiple electric vehicles over the past couple of years.