New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved the roadmap for facilitating large-scale use of eco-friendly electric vehicles, including hybrids, by 2020.
"Today was the first meeting of the National Council of Electric Mobility (NCEM) which has approved the way forward and made a programmes of the next few months. The NCEM covers two-wheelers, four-wheelers and commercial vehicles. We are also for bringing monorail into this," Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said after the first meeting of the NCEM.
The meeting was also attended by Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah, Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi, Science and Technology Minister Vayalar Ravi, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena and other senior officials.
The NCEM adopted the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP 2020), which is the mission document for National Mission for Electric Mobility.
The Plan lays the vision, sets the targets and provides the roadmap for achieving significant penetration of efficient and eco-friendly electric vehicle (including hybrids) technologies in India by 2020.
"Public transportation is very important and the government's role is enabling it and provide various incentives. This puts into motion very major step towards India's contribution to global gas emission and India's efforts towards climate change," Nath said.
"We discussed the target and roadmap of 2020 which includes demand, supply, research and development and also private sector who are going to implement it."
The details of the action plan to achieve the target will be unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
First Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 22:04