Automobile Enthusiast Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar Backs Electric Car Initiative

न्यूज़ वर्ल्ड इंडिया | 1
| July 2 , 2017 , 13:53 IST

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is a great automobile enthusiast who has seen and driven cars from the humble Maruti-800 to the Rs 2.62 crore BMW i8 hybrid.

In a recent interview, Tendulkar backed the government's plan to have an all electric car fleet by 2030, saying that the current generation has a responsibility to look after the planet.

"It is about looking after the planet. It becomes our responsibility to look after the planet and make sure that when the next generation takes over, it is in better shape," Tendulkar said.

Regarding the government's initiative to have an all electric car fleet by 2030, Tendulkar said, "I think the world is going in that direction."

"That process is a lengthy process, change is not going to happen overnight. Results are not going to happen overnight ... (but) somewhere, we need to start and we need to have that intent. As long as we all are moving in the right direction results will follow," Tendulkar said.

As an automobile enthusiast himself, he said that electric vehicles can also provide what normal internal combustion engines offer.

Sharing his experience of driving the i8 hybrid, Tendulkar said the electric motor of the car can offer power for sudden acceleration like other normal 'muscle cars'.

"My experience with i8 has been fabulous. It has something to it because of the way it handles, power for sudden accelerations, instant braking and it's light weight," he said.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal in April this year had said that the government is looking for having an all electric car fleet by 2030 with a goal to lower the fuel import bill and running cost of vehicles. NITI Aayog think-tank has also come up with several fiscal and non-fiscal incentives and subsidies to encourage the use of electric vehicles over petrol and diesel vehicles.