Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced that during no-entry hours, electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) will be permitted on 250 roads. This decision was taken due to the rising air pollution in the city.
The time-specific related route restrictions and idle parking prohibition which are applicable to all the transportation vehicles will not be applicable to e-LCVs. The government is also planning to enrol manufacturers of electric kits for adding traditional internal combustion engines with the electric ones.
Besides subsidies, the EV policy of the government also provides non-financial incentives and benefits to the consumers. When the Electric Vehicles policy was launched, the number of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were 46 and now this has increased to 1054.
The percentage of EVs with total vehicle registration has also grown to 7% and it is anticipated that it will rise to 25% by 2024. The current prescribed use of diesel vehicles is up to 10 years but with the conversion to electric vehicles, this will also go up.
Gahlot said, “Delhi is now open to ICE to electric retrofitting! Vehicles if found fit can convert their diesel to electric engine, dept’ll empanel manufacturers of pure electric kits by approved testing agencies. Once empanelled this’ll enable vehicles to continue plying here beyond 10 yrs.”
“The L5N category three-wheeler goods carrier and N1 category goods carrier having gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes will now be allowed to ply on Delhi’s roads at any time. Since the launch of the Delhi EV policy in August last year, the sale of e-LCVs has gone up from just 46 to 1,054, which is a 95.6% hike in terms of registration. We are hopeful that today’s decisions would give a huge push to mass adoption of EVs across categories in Delhi,” he added.