Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) has turned up with an ambitious policy draft to have 25 % e-vehicles by 2023 to combat vehicular pollution. Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 aims to put brakes on the growing pollution problems in the city is available now for feedback. The draft seeks to facilitate EV ecosystem and will put subsidies in place by Delhi government to support the early adoption of electric vehicles. The subsidy offered will be in addition to the incentives offered under the FAME policy of central government.
The policy will be applicable to battery electric vehicles listed under Annexure 1, FAME India for over the next five years till 2023 from the date of notification excluding mild hybrid, strong hybrid and PHEVs. A separate State EV fund is being contemplated to finance majority of incentives listed under the policy. The policy has a precise focus on promoting the use of electric two-wheelers along with the electrification of public transport as two wheelers account for over two third vehicle registrations in the city.
According to the report, the e-two wheelers will be tagged with a subsidy of up to Rs. 22,000 to make them competitive will petrol powered two wheelers. There will an open permit system for electric autos and individual electric auto owners will be eligible for a subsidy of Rs. 12,500, five per cent subvention on interest and cashback of Rs 10 per trip for passengers using e-autos for commuting. Delhi government has also indicated at feebate concept to incentivise less polluting vehicles and incur surcharge on the polluting ones. along with road tax, pollution cess will also be levied starting April 2019 along with base parking fees on both petrol and diesel powered vehicles. A congestion fee of 2.5 % on fare is also being contemplated on all the trips by ride hailing services originating within Delhi and has been waived off for electricity propelled vehicles.
A subsidy of 100% of maximum Rs 30,000 is also listed for first 10,000 charging points coming up at residential or non residential places. In order to boost charging infra development at every three kilometres, the city has been further sub divided into 11 travel districts for which bids are being sought after from 'Energy Operators' that will be operable for 10 years. Battery Swapping Operators are also being invited to establish and conduct battery swapping alongside parking spots, bus terminals and other locations to be zeroed down by Delhi government.