To tackle air pollution, the Delhi government is targeting that 25% of all new vehicles registered in the city should be electric by 2023. The draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 was released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, requesting public opinion, on Tuesday. According to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, as the major factor of air pollution in Delhi is vehicular emission, rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles is necessary. It offers subsidies and incentives on the use of electric vehicles. These are in addition to those offered by the central government under its Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.
Policies In The Draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018
- The Delhi government will offer a subsidy up to Rs 22,000 on purchase of electric two-wheelers to ensure that its cost is less than or equal to petrol two-wheelers. It proposes to scrap the incentive of up to Rs 15,000 on old BS II and BS III two wheelers.
- Public electric two-wheeler taxis will be allowed to provide last-mile connectivity. The government also plans to promote more e-rickshaws by individual owners.
- All taxes and fees (road tax, registration fees and one-time parking fee at MCD) will be waived for all electric vehicles.
- Fully electric buses will be at least 50% of all new buses procured for the city fleet starting with the induction of 1,000 electric buses in 2019.
- The government will offer substantial incentives to private stage-carriage vehicles of all sizes to ensure that electric vehicles make up at least 50% of the entire public transport system in Delhi by 2023.
- Other than public transport, government will offer subsidy to the first 5,000 e-carriers.
- Battery charging and swapping stations will be setup across Delhi with private sector participation at existing public parking zones, bus depots and terminals, and metro stations.
- Additional fees on non-electric vehicles will incentivise the adoption of electric vehicles. This policy will also seek to promote large-scale job creation in driving, selling, financing, servicing and charging of electric vehicles.
- In 2013, the government of India launched a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020. Under the plan, FAME was launched in March 2015 for two years as Phase-I, which was subsequently extended up to March 2019.
- Several states, including Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, have also announced an electric vehicle (EV) policy to complement the national policy and address state-specific needs.