Grants, loans, charging network in Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Friday launched its ambitious electric vehicle (EV) Policy, which aims to boost Delhi’s economy, reduce pollution levels and create jobs. Announcing the launch of the policy, which was notified on Friday morning, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is one of the most progressive in the world and will make Delhi a world leader in electric vehicles.

The policy aims to push the adoption of EVs by creating a comprehensive ecosystem in Delhi – incentivizing the purchase of EVs and the scrapping of old vehicles, encouraging more EVs as utility vehicles, creating a robust charging infrastructure, securing funding from various sources including a congestion charge and a monitoring mechanism to ensure timely implementation.
Aim for a charging station every 3 km, says Kejriwal
The CM said the Delhi government wants electric vehicles to make up 25% of newly registered vehicles in the city by 2024, up from just 0.2% currently. He wants five lakh electric vehicles in Delhi over the next five years.
“Electric vehicles are quite expensive today. The Delhi government will provide financial incentives for more and more people to buy EVs,” he said. The government provides a subsidy of up to Rs 30,000 for the purchase of electric two-wheelers, autorickshaws, electric rickshaws, transport vehicles, etc. and Rs 1.5 lakh for cars. This is in addition to the incentives and subsidies as part of the Centre’s FAME-II programme. The government will also provide ready people at low interest rates to buy vehicles, and registration fees and road tax will be waived.
Kejriwal said one of the many reasons people don’t buy electric vehicles is that charging isn’t as readily available as, say, gas pumps. “Keeping this in mind, a vast network of charging stations will be created in Delhi. Our goal is to create 200 charging stations in the city within a year. Our goal is to have a charging station every 3 km,” he added.
“We prepared the EV policy in Delhi after working hard over the past 2-3 years and having discussions with consumers and experts,” Kejriwal said. He observed that China is seen as the leader in electric vehicles, but in the next five years Delhi will lead the way.
“Over the past few days, the Delhi government has taken various measures to revive the economy. We have launched the Rozgaar website, we have reduced the price of diesel, we have allowed street vendors to start operating and taken many other measures,” he said, adding that the EV policy would boost Delhi’s economy and help create jobs.
“Over the past five years, the people of Delhi have worked together to reduce pollution levels by 25%, but we need to reduce it further. During the pandemic, we have seen that there is a drastic reduction in pollution levels. PM10 and PM2.5. We could see clear skies and feel the clean breeze,” he said. “Now that we are opening up the economy and moving towards normal life, we don’t need of the type of development that leads to pollution. Let us come together and build a Delhi of the future, which is a Delhi with clean air and where we can breathe easily and which is sustainable. This EV policy will work in this direction to reduce pollution levels, boost Delhi’s economy and create jobs for people,” he added.
Kejriwal said extensive consultations have taken place, experts across the country have been consulted and the electric vehicle policies of many other countries have been studied to incorporate all the good points. He said the policy would be reviewed after three years and, if necessary, changes would be made.
A State Council for Electric Vehicles, chaired by Minister of Transport Kailash Gahlot, will be formed for effective implementation of the electric vehicle policy, in addition to the establishment of a dedicated cell for electric vehicles and a state fund for electric vehicles, which will encompass all expenditures.

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