According to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Motorways, the government is trying to build solar-powered electrified highways that will make it easier for buses and heavy-duty vehicles to charge. In remarks at a gathering hosted by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Gadkari reaffirmed the government's intention to build an electric public transportation system in India.
“The government is strongly encouraging solar and wind energy-based charging mechanisms for electric mobility.
“We are also working on developing electric highways, which will be powered by solar energy and this will facilitate charging of heavy duty trucks and buses while running,” he said.
An electric highway generally refers to a road which supplies power to vehicles travelling on it, including through overhead power lines.
Gadkari said that the government is also encouraging toll plazas to be powered by solar energy.
The minister said the road ministry has conducted route optimisation exercises across major corridors and has designed newer alignment.