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It may be possible to convert your old petrol or diesel vehicle to an electric one with just a few clicks. An official said that the Delhi government’s Transport Department will launch a portal to bring together vehicle owners and companies involved in retrofitting electric kits in old vehicles.
Officials stated that the portal will also provide a one-stop solution for vehicle owners, as it plans to provide information on how to register new electric vehicles with RTO through the portal.
Officials believe the portal will be launched in the second half of this month, with the National Informatics Centre being given the task of developing it.
In November last year, the Delhi government approved conversions of diesel vehicles (10 years old) and petrol vehicles (15 years old) into electric vehicles. 11 retrofitting kit manufacturers have been approved by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), and the International Centre for Automotive Technologies (ICAT).
Official data shows that around one lakh diesel vehicles were unenrolled in January. The transport department offered three options: to have the vehicle scrapped by empanelled dealers, or to convert it to an electric one with the government-approved retrofitting kit, or to obtain a NOC to sell such vehicles outside of the capital city.
Up to May, there were approximately 1.43 million registered electric vehicles in Delhi. Conversion of existing vehicles to electric cars will cost Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5. lakh.