Delhi Government Passes EV Policy 2019 to Curb Pollution

Delhi Government Passes EV Policy 2019 to Curb Pollution

Delhi Government Passes EV Policy 2019 to Curb Pollution

The policy aims to register at least 25 % electric vehicles by 2024 and introduce 35,000 EVs comprising of various segments 

The Delhi government has passed the Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 that aims to increase the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that the objective of the policy is to improve Delhi's air quality by bringing down emissions from the transport sector. He further stated that the policy will aim to register at least 25 % EVs by 2024.

The Delhi government is targeting induction of 35,000 EVs comprising different vehicle segments such as two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers – further the policy is also targeting 1,000 EVs for last mile deliveries as well as 250 public charging and battery swapping stations. The central government has also waived road tax and registration fees for all battery electric vehicles for the next three years.

Under this policy, the Delhi government will offer a purchase incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity as compared to Rs 5,500 currently offered by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. There will also be a scrapping incentive of up to Rs 5,000, subject to evidence of matching contribution from the manufacturer or dealer. E-rickshaws and load carriers will receive an incentive of Rs 30,000 per vehicle and interest subvention of 5 % on loans. An open permit system will apply to individuals, who will be given permits on a first-come-first basis, the policy stated. Electric four-wheelers will get a purchase incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity for the first 1,000 cars, subject to a cap of Rs 1,50,000 per vehicle. All the leased cars used for commute of Delhi government officers will be transitioned to EVs over the next 12 months under this policy.

The government is targeting to register about 5 lakh EVs over the next five years, which will help save around Rs 6,000 crore in oil and liquid natural gas imports as well as 4.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. According to the government, this is equivalent to avoiding around one lakh CO2 emissions from petrol cars over their lifetime. The EVs will also help avoid 159 tonnes of 2.5 ppm tailpipe emissions.

Further, the policy stated that new home and workplace parking will have to reserve 20 % parking for EVs. The Delhi government will provide 100 % subsidy for purchase of charging equipment costing up to Rs 6,000 per unit for the first 30,000 charging points at homes and workplaces. The government will also form an electric vehicle board and an EV cell within the transport department that will be responsible for implementing the policy. The policy further suggested that it plans to make Delhi the EV capital of India.