Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Indian companies can make best electric cars: Nitin Gadkari

Amid reports of the US electric car major, Tesla putting its plan to sell its products in India on hold, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the government was never in favour of any firm manufacturing its cars in China and selling here. He said the Indian car makers have the capability to produce world’s best electric cars, reports Times of India.
Speaking at an event after witnessing a vehicle crash test in Pune, Gadkari said, “We have all automobile brands here. It doesn’t matter if one or two of them are not here. We told a company that manufacturing in China and selling cars here won’t work (China mein banakar yahan bechoge, aisa nehin jamega). If you want to come here, you manufacture in India. I am confident that our vehicle manufacturers can make better vehicles than others. We have young talented designers and they are doing better.”
In a candid admission, the minister said that he listened to the automobile manufacturers and dropped the proposal to make it mandatory for trucks to have air-conditioned cabins for their drivers. “I agree I listened to you and withdrew the idea of the air-conditioned cabin in trucks. In other countries, there are fixed driving hours for drivers. But here they drive for even up to 18 hours. They drive in inhuman condition,” he said.

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