Nitin Gadkari has asked Niti Aayog battery to scrap the battery swapping policy for accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles. As reported, Nitin Gadkari has said that swapping policy is not viable and hence wouldn’t work.
At the Smart Mobility Conference organized by industry association FICCI, the minister said,
The battery swapping policy I feel is not appropriate for the country because it is a very difficult thing,
Niti Aayog has advocated for standardized, smart and swappable batteries with lease or pay-per-use business models.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) partially supports Gadkari’s remark and said that swappable battery will not work on all segments of vehicles. For instance, for a passenger vehicle, every car will have a different design and battery requirement and to meet these needs will be a major challenge for swappable batteries.
Gadkari also pointed that four major carmakers — Maruti (Baleno), M&M (XUV 500), Ford (Eco sport) and Hyundai (Creta) — are ready with electric vehicles, while other carmakers like Renault and Toyota have the technology in the global markets.
For India, the challenge is not with the technology, but it being India ready.
The particulate matter (PM) that goes out of the exhaust systems in a BS-VI engine is released after treatment of the matter. In a BS-VI, the Particulate matter is caught in the filter, so that nothing goes out of the exhaust, which needs to be calibrated according to the Indian driving conditions to ensure the safety of cars.
Extensive treatment of these vehicles (BS-VI) in the India condition is very important, Siam said adding that otherwise, it will be a huge risk in preponing their release.
India has been pushing towards electrifying all new vehicles by 2030, following which the government has been taking several measures to push for production as well as the use of electric vehicles.