Gadkari said the Government has taken several steps to promote use of bio-diesel, ethanol and ethanol blended fuel. However, he said, the field of alternate fuels requires further research and technological innovations focusing on economic viability and reduction of costs.
The minister suggested that Methane can be extracted from sewage water to produce Bio-CNG which can be used for running buses.
He further said the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is working with ISRO to develop lithium-ion battery for use in vehicles which will also contribute to the ‘Make in India’ vision.
The cost of indigenously produced lithium-ion batteries is much lower compared to the international market, he added.
Gadkari asked to use lithium batteries in buses as pilot project. He also suggested that the existing buses can be converted into the electricity run vehicles.
The Government is working on a policy of giving incentives to the vehicle owners who surrender their old vehicles and buy new vehicles.