To major electric vehicles (EVs) push towards achieving India’s eco-mobility dreams, the government to take another big step in the country by setting up a pilot project of electric highway. The project may launch in the next two-three years.
Electric highway on upcoming Mumbai-Delhi expressway
The minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari addressing Lok Sabha said that the ministry with the heavy industries department will run a pilot for the electric highway. These highways are expected to set up a 10 Km stretch of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway.
The pilot project will cost INR 200 cr
This pilot project will cost INR 200 cr as a truck manufacturer will be used to produce that prototypes. The trucks of 80 tonnes will be deployed and an electric cable to draw power from the overhead cable network.
There will be two tracks and trucks with containers can run at 100kmph. The trucks run on the electricity for 20 km and battery charges where there are no stretches overhead wires to charge.
Gadkari says that again it can be charged after some km, these can tap the overhead wire simultaneously and gets charged again.
Barricaded light rail network
Government is also looking for setting up a barricaded light rail network which will pass through the Tier 2 and 3 cities. They will have the overhead electric supply to power the engines of trucks, buses and light Metro rails.
Electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks
There are some other countries who are into making the electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks while driving. Sweden developed the world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving.
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