The Delhi government has announced the Delhi EV Policy, 2020, to amplify the adoption of EVs in the national capital. With a 3-year validity, the policy seeks to speed up the pace of EV adoption. The strategy focuses primarily on shared & public transport vehicles, two-wheelers & goods carriers. The plan proposes a battery cycling ecosystem, job creation, swapping & charging infrastructure establishment, tax & fee waivers, financial incentives, and the production of a full proof ‘State EV Fund.’
During a press conference on August 7th 2020, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rolled out a new electric vehicle policy to improve the economy by creating jobs. Another critical factor this policy aims to focus on is the reduction in air pollution in the national capital.
The Delhi State Government has declared the implementation of new policies for electric vehicles in the NC region. The objective is to expand the number of electric 2-wheelers & 4-wheelers on the streets of Delhi. They currently stand at 0.2% and want to enhance it to 25% of all vehicles.
The state has set up an EV cell to warrant the ground-level implementation of this new plan. This policy encourages the buyers of electric vehicles, and this is one of the most crucial moves this policy will make.
You could call this India’s most constructive scheme. The policy introduces to the scrapage scheme, to boost awareness & infrastructure around EVs with this policy.
The Delhi government has also outlined a few steps.
There is a span of limitations that EVs set on their owners, and this policy aims to reduce the same. The grant in this policy is restricted to Rs 6,000 for 30,000 units.
People will now have access to a public charging facility every 3-kilometers in Delhi. To boost the adoption of EVs in the national capital following the unsatisfactory results of the central government’s efforts, The Delhi government has issued the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020.
According to the policy, L5N & N1 vehicles will be provided with purchase incentives of ₹30,000, while electric cars will be provided with incentives ranging between ₹10,000 & ₹1,50,000. The policy sets light on the requirement for private charging spots on residential & non-residential premises as well.
public charging facility every 3-kilometers in Delhi | Delhi EV Policy
The Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy inspires reuse and establishing of recycling business in collaboration with EV & battery manufacturers that pivot on ‘urban mining.’ The system will use a method to provide incentives wherein polluting & inefficient vehicles will be charged fees or surcharges, while efficient ones get rebates.
Licenses will be given on the first-come-first-serve basis for e-autos, and they will be given an open permit. The policy searches for pure electric buses to compose at least 50% of all new carriage buses obtained for the city fleet. They are starting with the installation of 1000 pure electric buses by 2020.
Pankaj Tiwari, Business Head of e-scooter manufacturer Nexzu Mobility India, commented on the policy saying, “the consumer-attentive incentivization will introduce different categories of electric vehicles in the mindset of buyers, who were shying away so far.”
Also, the state government foresees setting up a robust network of charging infrastructure consisting of 200 charging stations. Delhi brought down the rates of charging stations for other electric vehicles & e-rickshaws last year.
Kejriwal highlights that through this policy, the government banks on registration of 5-lakh new EVs within the next 5-years. The CM also committed that 100 electric vehicle charging stations will be set up within the city in 1-year.
The Director-General at the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles, Sohinder Gill, comments that the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy has “set an example of how a policy can run without using exchequer money.”
Although, the policy has a minor set back since it doesn’t brace the lithium battery e-scooters with speeds up to 25km/hr. A minute amount of support from the Delhi government would have grown multifold in adopting e-scooters.
Mahesh Babu, the MD & CEO at Mahindra Electric, said, he would love thanking the Telangana & Delhi government for “quickly notifying robust and well-thought EV policies that will further boost the EV sales in the respective states,”
Expanding the incentives to personal buyers will farther help the evolution of the entire ecosystem. Shortly, the open-permit system for electric autos in Delhi will advocate the first-mile green mobility & zero-emission in the capital.
It all comes down to making it a win-win situation for us as well as the environment. The open permit for the first mile & the last mile will help reduce the carbon emission productively to push Delhi towards achieving the zero-emission policy.
The policy sets a new benchmark for the auto industry. Having an innovative approach will, without a doubt, raise the contribution to sustainable development & green mobility.
Click here to download the Delhi EV Policy.
Also read: EV Policies of Southern States of India | Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu
EV Duniya Editoria: This article is written by Sakshi Nadkarni
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