Delhi-Jaipur Expressway likely to become country’s first e-highway soon
An electric highway is considered an energy-efficient option to reduce carbon footprint. Reports have it that the government is rolling out pilot projects to build electric highways in India, and that its first stretch will likely be completed by mid-2022.
Reportedly, the government is in talks with a Swedish firm for an electric highway on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. Trucks and buses will be able to run on the e-highway at a speed of 120 kmph, which as per the reports, will reduce cost of logistics by 70 per cent. According to sources, around 20 percent of the roads on the 200 km long Delhi-Jaipur highway on the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be electrified. Separate lanes will be built to recharge the batteries of cargo trucks and other electric vehicles.
Modelled after the electrified roads in Germany and Sweden, this 200-km stretch will be able to recharge batteries of vehicles travelling on them. The step is looked upon as a step to bring e-vehicles into greater focus.
Although the project is still in its initial stage, as per the reports, discussions to build an electric highway also got delayed due to the second COVID-19 wave. However, the focus remains on building such a highway to reduce the so-called carbon print.