Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) policy today in a press conference. In a bid to curb the air pollution problem in the national capital, the Delhi government is planning to facilitate faster adoption of EVs along with targeting registering 5 lakh EVs in Delhi by calendar year 2024. Kejriwal also said that the new policy will help in generating employment in Delhi (in terms of last mile connectivity options, financing and charging infrastructure), which has taken a severe hit after the coronavirus crisis.
|Electric Passenger Vehicle||₹ 1,50,000|
|Electric Commercial Vehicle||₹ 30,000|
|Electric Rickshaw||₹ 30,000|
|Electric Goods Carrier||₹ 30,000|
By the means of incentives, the government is aiming to take the EV registration share to 25 per cent of the total vehicle registration by 2024, from 0.2 per cent at present. The government is offering incentives of up to ₹ 30,000 on electric two-wheelers, e-rickshaws and electric goods carriers and of up to ₹ 1.5 lakh on electric passenger vehicles. These incentives will be offered in addition to the incentives offered by the central government under the FAME II scheme. Moreover, the state government is also giving an interest waiver on loans on electric commercial vehicles, along with a common waiver on registration fee across segments, for the next three years.
Speaking about the EV Policy, Naveen Munjal, Managing Director of Hero Electric said, "I would like to congratulate the Delhi government on launching the new electric vehicle policy that will go a long way in boosting Delhi's economy, creating jobs and reducing air pollution in the national capital. The incentives declared under this policy will be beneficial to the customers and will certainly help Delhi achieve its goal of electrification of vehicles. I would like to express my gratitude to the CM, Arvind Kejriwal and his team for his vision and for this progressive policy and hope that it will inspire other states in India to adopt similar measures."
Saurav Kumar, CEO and Founder, Euler Motors, "The new electric vehicle policy by the Delhi Government is a welcome step that will accelerate EV transition across segments. It is a holistic policy that addresses core EV challenges of subsidizing cost differences with respect to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, financial incentives on loans, creation of charging stations and skill creations. Covid-19 gave us a rare glimpse into clear sky and low AQI air to breathe. We believe that accelerating Electric Vehicles will bring health, geo-political and economic benefits to India." Euler Motors is a Delhi-based EV Start-up, which already has over 200 light commercial electric vehicles deployed in the NCR for last mile delivery services.
The benefits are not only limited to incentives, but the government is also planning to set up a robust charging infrastructure in the city to deal with the problem of range anxiety. It will be setting up 200 charging infrastructure in Delhi within a year along with offering a 100 per cent subsidy on charging equipment of up to ₹ 6,000 per unit for 30,000 chargers.