Kailash Gahlot Inaugurated 'Switch Delhi' for E-Vehicles in Delhi

By Editor News ( Feb 08, 2021 )

Gahlot further said that the Delhi government has been working to lay the foundation for a successful transition to electric vehicles in the national capital. He urged the Delhiites to now switch to EVs and make this a mass movement, take responsibility for the environment, and make the city the EV Capital of India.

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On Sunday, transport minister Kailash Gahlot inaugurated Delhi government’s ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign which aims at the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in the capital. In a statement, the Delhi government said that during the first week of the eight-week mass campaign, the focus would be on the outreach of the two-wheeler segment, including e-scooters and electric bikes, to accelerate its adoption.

Gahlot said that Delhi’s EV policy majorly focuses on promoting the purchase of two-wheelers, which includes two-thirds of all the vehicles in Delhi that cause maximum pollution. Gahlot further said that the Delhi government has been working to lay the foundation for a successful transition to electric vehicles in the national capital. He urged the Delhiites to now switch to EVs and make this a mass movement, take responsibility for the environment, and make the city the EV Capital of India. Delhi’s EV policy, which was introduced by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in August 2020, offers various financial, as well as, non-financial incentives on the purchase of electric two-wheelers. A purchase incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity is given per vehicle to the registered owner, up to a maximum of Rs 30,000 per vehicle.

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Vehicle owners will also get a scrapping incentive of up to Rs 5,000 for de-registering and scrapping old ICE two-wheelers registered in the national capital. The registration fees and the road tax will be waived for all-electric two-wheelers during the period of the policy. Gahlot said that the total cost of owning an electric two-wheeler over a period of 10 years is approximately 50 per cent of that of a petrol scooter in Delhi and around 54 per cent of that of a petrol bike in Delhi, as per analysis by RMI India. He said that electric two-wheelers are up to Rs 2.05 cheaper to drive per kilometre compared with petrol scooters and up to Rs 1.82 cheaper to drive per kilometre against petrol bike. Electric two-wheelers will achieve cost equality with the petrol scooters and bikes in tenure of six months. He further said that an average electric two-wheeler gives a lifetime savings of 1.98 tonnes of carbon emissions as compared to an average petrol two-wheeler. “To put it simply, we need roughly 11 trees to sequester 1.9 tonnes of CO2. We can save our environment by making this switch and we owe this to our future generations,” he said.

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