Arvind Kejriwal launches Electric Vehicle Policy, touts it as India's best

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2020

Delhi regularly features in the list of most polluted cities in the world and a need to reduce vehicular pollution has been felt for long.

The Delhi government has also announced a vehicle scrapping incentive - a first by any state in the country. "With this policy, we aim to generate employment to give a boost to Delhi's economy and reduce pollution levels in the national capital". An incentive of up to ₹30,000 will be provided for e-two-wheelers, autos, e-rickshaws and freight vehicles.

Addressing a press conference the chief minister said, "We have notified the Electric Vehicle Policy today". Expenses related to the policy will be borne by a new State EV fund, while an EV board and an EV cell (to ensure implementation) will be set up as well. While the policy has been rolled out for the next three years, the chief minister said they will keep reviewing and updating it from time to time. The focus will also be on infrastructure development as the government expects 5 lakh vehicles to be registered in the next 5 years.

Arvind Kejriwal further said that the govt is working for the last 2.5 years to make the Delhi EV Policy a reality and has consulted a lot of experts for the same.

Increase EV registrations in the city to 25 percent of total vehicles sold by 2024. "This policy is the most progressive in the country and will be counted as one of the better ones anywhere in the world", he said.

In addition to that, EV buyers will not have to pay registration fee and road tax. We thank the Delhi government for implementing the policy that extensively covers key measures required by the industry to move in the right direction.

As a first, a scrapping incentive will also be provided for people who replace vehicles that run on fossil fuels with EVs.

Under this policy, the Delhi government will offer a purchase incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity compared to Rs 5,500 now offered by Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

The Delhi government has also planned for steps to improve the infrastructure and awareness around EVs with this policy. This subsidy is limited to Rs 6,000 for 30,000 units. All the leased cars used for the commute of Delhi government officers will be transitioned to EVs within the next 12 months.

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