Delhi: Draft policy calls for up to 50% electric vehicles in aggregator fleet by 2023 | Latest Delhi News

The Delhi government will soon require all taxi aggregators and delivery companies operating in the city to ensure that up to 50% of new vehicles added to their fleet are electric vehicles (EVs) by March 31. 2023, said the state’s environment minister, Gopal Rai. On Saturday.

According to the aggregators’ draft policy, within three months of notification of the final policy, 10% of newly onboard two-wheelers and 5% of new four-wheelers must be electric vehicles. Thereafter, by March 31, 2023, 50% of all new two-wheelers and 25% of all new four-wheelers taken by aggregators and delivery services must be electric, a senior government official said. government who requested anonymity.

“This new policy will be the first of its kind and will provide the necessary impetus for the aggregator industry to become environmentally friendly. This is a robust initiative to tackle air pollution in Delhi. The Delhi government will also make representation to the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) to direct other states in the National Capital Region to adopt the policy as well. With this, the government of Kejriwal has become the first in India to notify a policy to mandate EV fleets for aggregators,” Rai said.

According to government data, Delhi has 130,544 electric vehicles registered as of Saturday, the second highest among all states and union territories. Uttar Pradesh has the most electric vehicles, with 271,365 vehicles registered so far.

Although the draft notification has not yet been released, officials said it will soon be released into the public domain and comments will be invited for approximately 60 days. Thereafter, the policy will be reviewed and it will be notified for implementation with modifications if necessary.

“The draft notification has been signed and it will be put in the public domain on the Delhi government website for objections and suggestions on Monday in all likelihood,” a government spokesperson said.

Reena Gupta, adviser to the state’s environment minister, said: “The essence of the policy proposed by the Delhi government is to ensure that the entire spectrum of vehicles used by aggregators and suppliers of delivery services are integrated into the fold of sustainable and clean electric mobility. , knowing the impact that large-scale adoption of clean vehicles can have on air quality in Delhi.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the Delhi government has taken effective initiatives against vehicle pollution, including measures such as better traffic management system, increase in public transport system, mass awareness and implementation of strict emission standards for new and in-use vehicles.

“Written in accordance with the regulations set by the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, the aggregation policy provides incentives to ensure that the transition to electric vehicles within the mass transit industry takes place within a limited time frame,” said Gahlot said.

Amit Bhatt, Executive Director (Transport), WRI India, said the Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) mandate has played a significant role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles globally. “For example, California in the US and China have mandates for manufacturers to bring more ZEVs to market. The European Union has proposed a voluntary target mechanism for ZEVs. However, ZEV mandates have not been a part of EV history in India as agencies fear a backlash from the incumbent auto industry. Delhi is the first Indian state to offer such an initiative. If implemented well, it could be a game-changer for EV adoption in Delhi and the rest of the country,” he said.


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