In order to curb
rising pollution, the capital city of New Delhi is serious about getting in
more electric vehicles to replace IC engine powered vehicles. Announcing its EV
policy, the Delhi government aims to register at least 5 lakh electric vehicles
by 2024. The policy was announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
said that the electric vehicles will mostly include two-wheelers and commercial
vehicles. He said the Delhi government's aim is to register at least 25 per
cent electric vehicles by 2024. The EV policy was passed by the Delhi cabinet
on December 23, 2019.
Delhi government is hoping to induct 35,000 electric two, three, four wheelers
and buses along with 1,000 electric vehicles for last mile deliveries and 250
public charging and battery swapping stations. The government also waived road
tax and registration fees for all battery electric vehicles for the next three
years. Under this policy, the Delhi government will offer purchase incentive of
Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity compared to Rs 5,500 currently offered by
Delhi Pollution Control Committee. Besides that, there will be a scrapping
incentive of up to Rs 5,000, subject to evidence of matching contribution from
the manufacturer or dealer.
delivery companies like food delivery and e-commerce logistics providers are
expected to shift to 50 per cent of their fleet to electric by March 2023 and
100 per cent by March 2025. Moreover, according to the policy, E-rickshaws and
carriers will get an incentive of Rs 30,000 per vehicle and interest subvention
of 5 per cent on loans.
four wheelers will get a purchase incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery
capacity for first 1,000 cars subject to a cap of Rs 1,50,000 per vehicle. All
the leased cars used for commute of Delhi government officers will be gradually
shifted to EVs within next 12 months.
policy has also mandated that new home and workplace parking should reserve 20
per cent parking to EVs. The Delhi government will provide 100 per cent subsidy
for the purchase of charging equipment costing up to Rs 6,000 per unit for the
first 30,000 charging points at homes and workplaces.
EV Industry hails policy
Gill, CEO, Hero Electric and Director General, SMEV, noted that the additional
incentives being provided by the Delhi government apart from the subsidy
offered by the central government would definitely encourage more people to
make the switch to clean mobility.
On behalf of Hero Electric, I am thankful that the government considered most
of our recommendations including the conversion of commercial ICE vehicles into
electric, E-bike taxi and more such alternatives as they are the key drivers in
taking the e-mobility momentum forward. These additional incentives apart from
the subsidy offered by the central government would definitely encourage more
people to make the switch to clean mobility. With the introduction of this
policy, we are certain that Delhi will lead by example and am hopeful more
states will also emulate such measures to give a boost to the industry and help
achieve the country its ambitious goals of getting India electrified. If a
similar policy is adopted at a national level, we are confident that the
electric mobility revolution at a mass scale will kick-start in the country”,
Menon, Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
congratulated the Delhi government for announcing a very comprehensive EV
Policy which should encourage consumers to adopt EVs in the State of Delhi.
“Some of the welcome announcements in the policy include measures which would
make electric vehicles affordable and acceptable. These include purchase
incentives, interest subvention, scrappage incentive, waiver on road tax,
waiver on registration and parking fees and measures to push charging
infrastructure. These are in line with the recommendations of the Society of
Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM),” he pointed out.
Lohia, CEO Lohia Auto Industries said it is a befitting move by the Government
of Delhi. “This will help in faster adoption of e-mobility and help in curbing
pollution levels that we have seen has crossed 400 AQI according to CPCB which
is considered as hazardous in this month itself. Also this new policy will
allow ride-hailing service providers to operate electric two-wheeler taxis in
Delhi which is a big step-up for last-mile connectivity and job creation. The
key criteria for this to succeed would be to build an appropriate
infrastructure especially towards charging and swapping stations”, he added.