According to the Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, the Delhi government has ended electric cars subsidies and will not extend it further.
As per the Delhi EV Policy 2020, for the first 1000 cars, subsidies were available with a cap of Rs. 1,50,000 per vehicle.
In an interview, Gahlot said, “The electric cars segment has received the required push in Delhi. Our focus now is to tap the two-wheeler, freight, and public transport segments of electric vehicles (EVs) as they constitute a major chunk of Delhi’s over 10 million registered vehicles. They also ply on the road more as compared to private cars, thereby causing more pollution.”
As per recent figures, two-wheelers and electric rickshaws are the maximum contributor of registered battery-operated vehicle in the capital city.
“Actually, a subsidy is not required for e-cars as such because those who can afford to pay around ₹15 lakh for a vehicle do not care if the cost is ₹1-2 lakh more, sans the subsidy. Our aim is to provide the subsidy to those who need it the most, and they include auto drivers, two-wheeler owners, delivery partners and so on,” Gahlot added.
Around 5,246 were two-wheelers from the 23,000 EVs registered in Delhi and 10,997 were e-rickshaws during the period of August to October. By end of 2022, the government will bring 2,300 electric buses and will also upgrade its bus depots electric vehicle charging facilities.
The Delhi government is promoting e-buses and e-auto rickshaws to beat the pollution and make Delhi a clean city. From now on, the transport department will only focus on electric buses.
With the rising price of fuel, the demands for electric vehicles is also increasing.