The air quality of the national capital is severely struck at present and the major cause for this deterioration is emissions from transportation. To reduce pollution and improve air quality, the Delhi government has released a draft for the Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 which is aimed to increase the use of the electric vehicle in the national capital.
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- The policy is aimed at the adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in such a way that by 2024, 25% of total new registration is of BEVs.
- The road tax and registration fee will be waived off for all the battery electric vehicles during the tenure of the policy. The policy will be valid for 3 years from the date of implementation.
- In November 2018, the draft was put out for public review by the government. Non-profit think-tanks, academic experts, EV and battery manufacturers, as well as multilateral bodies and concerned individuals, were asked for suggestions on the policy. Government has considered the suggestions and those relevant have been taken into consideration.
- For electric cars, first 1000 cars will get a benefit of ₹10,000 per kWh of the battery capped at 1.5 lakh per vehicle. All the Government of National Capital Territory of India (GNCTD) officials will have to switch to electric cars within one year from the date of implementation.
- The policy will also aim at increasing ownership of two-wheeler electric vehicles in the capital region. Also, 50% of the buses plying in the region will be converted to EV. Delhi government plans to provide an incentive of around ₹30,000 for those who buy an EV three-wheeler.
- The government will also be building infrastructure across the Delhi-NCR region to make commuting easy. Public charging and battery swapping stations will be set up at every 3 km of travel in Delhi. The draft states that Energy operators will be reimbursed 100% state GST levied on setting up charging stations in the Delhi region.
- This policy will surely promote Electric Vehicle in the Delhi region once implemented. The funds for the implementation will be obtained from pollution/diesel cess, road tax, environment compensation charge under the Feebate concept.