Delhi plans EV charging points every 3 km with 100% subsidy
29 November 2018
Concerned about rising pollution levels in Delhi and its suburbs, the Delhi administration, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government on Tuesday released a draft EV policy for Delhi that seeks to ensure that 25 per cent of all vehicles in Delhi are electric vehicles 2023.
The draft `Electric Vehicle Policy 2018’, will also ensure that 25 per cent of all new vehicles registered in Delhi are e-vehicles.
The Delhi government will offer an array of incentives and promote setting up of charging infrastructure in both residential and non-residential areas to facilitate electric mobility.
To develop charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Delhi, the government plans to have charging points at every 3 kilometres and the draft policy also offers a subsidy of 100 per cent (up to Rs30,000) for setting up charging points (for the first 10,000 points) in Delhi.
Under the Electric Vehicle Policy 2018, the transport department has also committed to strengthen the infrastructure for "battery charging and swapping" so as to provide access within a 3-kilometre range from anywhere in Delhi.
"About 30 per cent of particulate pollution in winter is caused by vehicles. A rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles is therefore of great importance to Delhi," Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said.
Switching to zero-emission EVs will drastically reduce Delhi’s air pollution, he said.
The policy further proposes a complete waiver of road tax, registration fee and parking charges for all-electric vehicles till 2023.
Building laws for both upcoming building and existing building in Delhi will be amended to ensure it has EV charging infrastructure and a special tariff for electricity used by EVs.
To provide subsidies, the government plans to create a corpus of funds to provide incentives to every segment which will be in addition to FAME scheme being offered by the central government.
"All incentives are in addition to the incentive offered by the Government of India as part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) and any subsequent amendments thereof," Mr Gahlot's office said in a statement.
The draft policy also suggests an additional fee on non-electric vehicles to fund the subsidy corpus for EVs. The transport minister also assured the administration will induct at least 500 electric buses in Delhi in 2019.
Under the policy, the Delhi government has proposed to give a subsidy of up to Rs22,000 on the purchase of e-two-wheelers to ensure their cost is less than or equal to petrol two-wheelers.
Passengers using e-rickshaws and e-cabs will also get a cashback on every trip. "Passengers using e-auto rickshaws and e-cabs will get a cashback of up to Rs. 10 per trip," the 2018 policy says.
Additional subsidy will be given for models with swappable battery while incentives of up to Rs15,000 would be scrapped on old Bharat Stage (BS) II and III two-wheelers, as per the policy.
Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will be encouraged to use electric taxis and electric autos by a 'cash back; offer and rebates for first mile and last mile trips from metro stations. This will reduce the cost of travel by 20 per cent says the government.
Several states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, have also announced an electric vehicle (EV) policy to complement the national policy and address state-specific needs.