Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday shared a video of him driving the Toyota hybrid car that doesn’t run on petrol or diesel but echo friendly Hydrogen fuel. The transport minister also urged automobile manufacturers to produce eco-friendly vehicles that can utilise agro-based fuel.
Speaking at Toyota’s EV Vehicle Technologies Demonstration and Experiential Driving (Hybrid, Electric and Hydrogen Vehicles) in New Delhi, he said that agro-based fuel will not only help in reducing environmental pollution but also has potential to increase farmers’ income.
Gadkar said that air pollution was one of the major challenges that the country was facing at the moment, hence, automakers should focus on alternative fuel vehicles, towards achieving a greener and safer mobility ecosystem in the country.
"Hydrogen fuel is the eco-friendly alternative to petrol and diesel, which would fuel a more sustainable tomorrow. Happy to ride the hybrid cars of Toyota, this will prove to be a milestone in our fight against global warming," Gadkari wrote on Twitter along with a video of him driving the Toyota Hybrid car.
Hydrogen fuel is the eco-friendly alternative to petrol and diesel, which would fuel a more sustainable tomorrow. Happy to ride the hybrid cars of Toyota, this will prove to be a milestone in our fight against global warming. pic.twitter.com/dcdkNAEC7p— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) December 6, 2019
On electronic toll collection, Gadkari said that more than 50 per cent transactions at toll plazas on national highways are already taking place through FASTags. The minister called for switching over to FASTags so that vehicular movement at NHAI toll plazas becomes faster and smooth. He also reiterated that the FASTags can be obtained free of cost up to December 15 as announced by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
(With PTI inputs)