The country’s most progressive vehicle policy – ‘Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, notified on 7th August 2020 views India as amongst the top countries in this regard in the coming few years.
After studying world’s policies and consultancy from people around the country the policy has been made with a two fold purpose. The first being to boost Delhi’s economy amidst corona. Reducing diesel rates, making rozgar website and starting the work on making rails have been a few steps in this direction. The second cause is to reduce pollution. 25% pollution has been reduced in Delhi in the last 5 years but the government still sees a long way to go. Lately the PM10 and PM2.5 levels have reduced but now that we are stepping into our regular lives, it is feared that things may change for the bad.
The policy has been introduced for an initial period of three years, after which it will be reviewed, with a specific milestone of having at least 25% of registered vehicles as electric vehicles, in contrast to today’s 0.2%.
Financial incentives up to rupees 30000 on two wheelers, e rickshaw, freight vehicles and rupees 150000 on cars have been offered. In addition to this, a scrapping incentive on exchange of old vehicles has been granted for the first time in India. Electric commercial vehicles have been given a loan waiver and less interest rates. They also have been exempted registration fees and road tax payment.
The government aims of making 200 charging stations in one year – one in every three kilometer. State Electric Vehicle fund has been made to fund any related activity and a State Electric Vehicle Board, with transport minister as its chairman have been made for smooth functioning. Also, a dedicated electric vehicle cell has been setup to supervise its execution process.
Seeing electric vehicles on the roads of India is not a distant dream, anymore. The Kejriwal government is appreciated for this effort which brings us one step closer to a modernised India. We hope the policy is a success!