Delhi Issues EV Policy 2020; Aims To Accelerate EV Adoption Across Vehicle Segments

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The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Transport Department has recently issued an EV policy titled “ Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020”.

The policy states that a new approach is required to kick-start the adoption of Electric Vehicles in Delhi and despite the Govt. push, the pace of adoption of Electric vehicles failed to meet the expectations. Hence the ministry seeks to put in place a comprehensive set of

measures for giving impetus to the adoption of Electric Vehicles.

The primary objective of the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020 is to establish Delhi  as the EV capital  of India  and accelerate  the pace of EV adoption across vehicle segments, especially in the mass category of two- wheelers, public/shared transport vehicles and goods carriers. The policy shall seek to drive rapid adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) so that they contribute to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024 and bring about a material improvement in Delhi’s environment by bringing down emissions from the transport sector.

The Policy also aims to support the creation of jobs in driving, selling, financing, servicing and charging of Electric Vehicles.

The Fiscal Incentives offered under the policy would be in addition to the demand incentives available in the FAME India Phase-II scheme of Government of India. 

The policy is proposed to be implemented through the following verticals: a) Financial Incentives – Purchase incentives, Scrapping incentives, Interest subvention on loans. b) Waiver of road tax and registration fees. c) Establishment of a wide network of charging stations and swappable battery stations, and development of publicly owned databases of the same. d) Administration of the policy including constitution of State Electric Vehicle Board, establishment of a dedicated EV cell, and developing an intensive public outreach programme focused on creating awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and key elements of the policy. e) Setting up of Skill Centers with provision for training related to jobs in the EV eco-system and creation of jobs f) Setting up of Recycling Ecosystem for Batteries g) Creation of an umbrella, non-lapsable ‘State EV Fund’, to be funded through the air ambience fund, levy of additional taxes, cess, fee etc. on inefficient or polluting vehicles.

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister at Government of NCT of Delhi stated that ” The policy will provide purchase incentives of Rs 30k-Rs 1.5 lakh, scrapping incentives, low-interest loans, and road tax and registration fee waivers. By 2024, we want to ensure that electric vehicles constitute 25% of new vehicle registrations. Currently, they are at 0.2%.”

“This policy will also boost the economy by creating jobs in the EV ecosystem. We will focus on job training at our skill centres. This is an opportunity for us to build a healthy future for Delhiites and the EV policy is a crucial step towards it.”,he added.

The Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020 will  remain valid for a period of three years.

To know more about the policy refer to the document below:

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