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India’s First Electric Taxi Trial to Be Launched in Nagpur in May

The steering wheel of a Mahindra e2o electric car is seen in London, UK April 15, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Bhagpat: The first electric taxi trial in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from May 24, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.

Gadkari, who was here to inspect the Eastern Peripheral Express, told PTI that “Mahindra and Mahindra will be providing 200 electric taxis for the project.”

The project will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation and is the first project of its kind in the country, he added.

“We wanted to start the project early but there are some problems in setting up charging stations,” Gadkari said.

The electric taxi is one of the ambitious projects of the NDA government, part of the UNDP millennium goals and also a method to tackle increasing pollution in the country.

The road ministry for the last one year has been trying to work on pollution-reduction technologies for vehicles. An electric bus for MPs is also being run by the ministry.

The Rs 5,763-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway project to decongest Delhi is on fast-track and will become India’s first 135 km green road to be lit entirely by solar panels and have advanced traffic system.

The expressway passes through Sonipat, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the proposed alignment crosses the Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon.