Transport and delivery services must adopt electric vehicles: Delhi government

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Delhi becomes the first Indian state to adopt an electric vehicle policy for ride-hailing aggregators and delivery service providers that aims to regulate vehicle emissions.

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16 Jan 2022, 09:26

The Delhi government’s latest move is expected to boost the adoption of electric vehicles in the nation’s capital. (Reuters)

In a further push towards electric vehicles and reducing air pollution levels in the city, the Delhi government has released a draft policy ordering all ride-hailing aggregators and delivery service providers to adopt mandatory electric vehicles in its newly onboarded fleets, reports PTI.

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With this decision, Delhi becomes the first Indian state to adopt an electric vehicle policy for ride-hailing aggregators and delivery service providers that aims to regulate vehicle emissions. The draft policy, under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986, has been placed in the public domain inviting suggestions and objections from the general public within 60 days. After that, it would be notified for implementation.

The bill stipulates that taxi aggregators, providers of food delivery services, e-commerce and other goods, couriers will have to change the configuration of their vehicle fleets in the nation’s capital. The policy also states that transportation and delivery service providers should ensure that 10% of all newly boarded two-wheelers and 5% of all newly boarded four-wheelers are electric within the next three months from of the date of notification. .

The government is also offering incentives to stakeholders for the adoption of electric vehicles within a specified time frame. The move is expected to boost the adoption of electric vehicles in the nation’s capital.

The Delhi government earlier announced its comprehensive electric vehicle policy, which aims to stimulate both demand and supply from the electric vehicle industry. The Delhi EV policy is considered to be one of the most attractive electric vehicle policies in India that incentivizes both customers and developers of charging infrastructure and electric vehicles to drive demand and overall development of electric vehicles. ‘ecosystem.

A few months ago, the Delhi government also announced that former owners of petrol and diesel vehicles in the city could continue to drive their vehicles if they retrofit old vehicles with electric kits. In a separate announcement, the Delhi government announced that electric light-duty vehicles will be allowed to enter around 125 roads in the city even during opening hours. These measures are expected to boost the adoption of electric vehicles in the nation’s capital.

Date of first publication: January 16, 2022, 09:26 IST

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