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In the first 6 months of 2022, more than 25,890 electric vehicles were sold in Delhi. They accounted for 9.3% of all registered vehicles in the capital up to June 30, according to a report.
The report stated that in the first 6 months of 2022, an average of 143 EVs had been registered in Delhi every single day. On average, 71 EVs were sold each day last year. With 6 more months remaining in the year, EV sales are expected to surpass all records in 2022.
In Delhi, 25,814 EVs had been registered in the year 2020. In 2019, the number was 23,222, and in 2018, it was 20,973. The decline in EV registrations in the capital was due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The account of EVs in total vehicle registrations was 9.3% in the first half of 2022, compared with 5.6% in the entire 2021. March saw a 12.6% increase in EV sales.
In 2018, EVs accounted for 2.9% of all registered vehicles, while EVs accounted for 3.9% in 2019. Covid caused this drop to 2.9% in 2020.
The EV sales surge is due to the launch of the EV Policy by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in August 2020 with the aim of increasing its share in total vehicle registrations to 25% by 2024. Delhi sold 739 electric vehicles in that month.
According to the report, 56,585 EVs were sold in Delhi between September 2020 and now, representing 36.4% of total EVs (155,214 registered vehicles in Delhi).
“The reason that the sale of EVs has been rising since last year is because the EV policy is now firmly in place and all the incentives that were promised have been rolled out,” an official said.
The official said, “Initially, the focus was on electric four-wheelers but, of late, the adoption of electric two-wheelers is being promoted in a bigger way because these comprise the bulk of vehicles on Delhi’s roads. If we can convert these to electric, it will help in combating air pollution in a huge way.”