The Future Is Here? India May Soon Get Its First 'Electric Highway'; What It Means

The International Energy Agency (IAE) stated in its most recent outlook that world governments should do more to fulfil climate objectives with policies that support electric vehicles, and India's projected electric highway project is considered to be a significant stride in that direction.

The central government is considering constructing an "electric highway" connecting the national capital of Delhi and the Rajasthani city of Jaipur. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, stated “ on Friday that the government is by now in talks with a foreign company to design an electric highway between these two cities, which he describes as his "dream" project, and that development could begin very shortly if the talks go well. According to the Hindustan Times' sister journal HT Auto, in parallel to the Delhi-Jaipur route, the additional electric highway between Delhi and Mumbai may be built, and talks with a Swedish firm are underway.

What is an 'electric highway,' and how does it work?

With the world shifting away from traditional fuels and toward alternative sources of energy for transportation, electricity is becoming the most common choice for propulsion motors in cars. If the projected electric highway is approved, electric vehicles would be allowed to travel on the stretch — the earliest of these will be connecting Delhi and Jaipur, and once everything works well, an additional electric highway might be built between Delhi and Mumbai.

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Electric vehicles, as per Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, are not confined to tiny road vehicles. Electricity may one day be used to power buses, vehicles, and railway engines. The minister stated that building an electric highway was his ambition, but the idea is yet in the conceptual stage.

Gadkari was cited by the PTI news agency as saying, "It is my goal to establish an electric expressway from Delhi to Jaipur." “It is still a project that has been offered. We're having talks with a foreign company.”

He stated that as transport minister, he has decided to phase out the usage of gasoline and diesel in the country.

Electric vehicles are the way of the future in terms of transportation.

An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is propelled through one or even more electric motors and is operated by an electric current collector system (for example, aerial lines or electric third rails that power trams or electric locomotives), a battery (which can be charged by solar panels or converted to electricity using fuel cells or a transformer), or some other extravehicular sources of power.

Electric cars are not confined to road vehicles due to the wide range of possibilities accessible; electricity may hypothetically power the railway, aviation, spacecraft, and even undersea watercraft. It's also been dubbed "one of the 100 best modern approaches to address environmental change," and it's projected to significantly lessen the negative effects of traditional transportation on global warming and the environment.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated this year in its current perspective that world governments must do more to fulfil climate objectives by implementing regulations that promote electric vehicles, and India's projected electric highway project is considered to be a significant move in that regard.