Delhi Government Invites Comments on Draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018

The policy aims to reduce Delhi’s pollution by taking care of vehicular emission focusing primarily on incentivising the purchase and use of electric vehicles.

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Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government has invited comments from the public on the draft ‘Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018’ which was released recently.

“With vehicular pollution being a consistent source of air pollution in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (‘Delhi’) and contributing up to 30% of particulate pollution, rapid adoption of zero emission electric vehicles is of great importance to the city,” the draft said.

The policy aims to reduce Delhi’s pollution by taking care of vehicular emission focusing primarily on “incentivising the purchase and use of electric two wheelers, and supporting the electrification of public/shared transport.”

The policy also promotes the use of app based e-autos and e-cabs offering cash back rebates for first and last mile connectivity. The policy also envisages the use of electric buses and sets a target of including 1000 pure electric buses in the fleet through 2019.

As per the policy the government will offer subsidies on almost all classes of electric vehicles mentioned including two-wheelers and three-wheelers. These subsidies will be apart from the central subsidies given by the union government under the FAME scheme.

“The Delhi government will offer a subsidy up to Rs 22,000 on purchase of e-two wheelers to ensure their cost is less than or equal to petrol two wheelers. Government Electric two-wheeler taxis will be allowed to provide last mile connectivity and Scrapping Incentive of up to Rs 15,000 on old BS II and BS III two wheelers,” the draft read

It further adds that, “this policy will allow open permit system for e-autos in Delhi while Individual e-auto owners will get down payment subsidy up to Rs 12,500 and 5 per cent interest subvention and similarly the cashback for passengers using e-autos up to Rs 10 per trip will be offered through this policy.”

Read the policy document here

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