Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on LNG fuel
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stated, that our future gas is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will inspire flex engines for future that could run on 100% bioethanol,” Gadkari gave this statement on Tuesday. Gadkari's comments amid a steep rise in gas prices in the country. The oil ministry has reportedly stopped allocating natural gas from domestic fields to the city's gas sector, sending the costs of CNG and piped cooking gas to record highs.
He also spoke about action taken through the center following recent electric vehicle (EV) crashes that resulted in death and serious injury.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari advised companies to take steps in advance to check for any faulty motors, there could be problems with electric vehicle batteries when the temperature rises in March, April, and May.
The Minister of Roads and Highways also said that the country's EV activity has “just started", stressing that the government does not want to put up any obstacles. In an interactive conversation, Gadkari repeatedly said that companies should work on taking action to recall all defective batches of vehicles.
"From March, April to May, the temperature rises, then there may be problems with the battery (electric vehicles). In my experience (electric wheels catch fire), it is a high-temperature problem", he stated. The Minister of Road Transport and Highways noted that the government wants to create more electric vehicles.
“We understand that the electric vehicle industry is just getting started. We don't want to become a barrier to them. But protection is the governments' top priority and there must be no compromise with people's lives," Gadkari said.
Last week, Gadkari, who is known for his straightforward opinions, said companies found to be negligent could be fined and a recall of all faulty vehicles' would be ordered after receiving the report from a panel of professionals formed to study the problem.
The government has ordered an investigation last month after an electric scooter launched by ride-hailing Ola's electric mobility arm caught fire in Pune.