India to get its first E- Highway soon| Delhi | Jaipur| SR News update

Delhi-Jaipur Expressway, one of the busiest highways in the country is soon to become an E-Highway, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The project is likely to be completed by Mid-2022. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

What is an Electric Highway?

An Electric Highway or E-highway is an electric road that recharges the batteries of the vehicles driving on it. Considered an energy-efficient option, such roads not only lessen the travel time but carbon-footprints as well.

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It is one of the key focus areas of Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Sweden is another country that has been performing assessments of various electric road technologies since 2013 and expects to start formulating a national electric road system in 2022 and finish planning by 2033.

Indian Context

According to the sources, the government is in touch with a Swedish firm for an electric highway on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway for which electrifying almost 20% roads of the 200-km long Delhi-Jaipur Highway will be electrified. Here, separate lanes will be built to recharge the batteries of cargo trucks and other electric vehicles. As Truck and Buses will be able to run at a speed of 120kmph, the E-Highway will reduce the cost of logistics by 70%.

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While talks were already initiated, the project got delayed due to the second wave of COVID-19. However, the work on the same will commence soon.

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