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On Tuesday, Delhi government came out with its electric vehicles policy which targets 25% of new vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023. These include vehicles such as autos, two wheelers and rickshaws.

This recommends strengthening infrastructure to provide battery charging access from anywhere in Delhi within 3km range. While non-electric vehicles, will be charged more to reduce the adoption of electric vehicles. The draft policy has been posted on the Transport department website in the public domain for the people to file their suggestions and objections.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said 30 per cent of the pollution in winter is caused by the vehicles in the city. People if adopt environment friendly vehicles can improve the air quality.

Kailash Gahlot said in a statement, “we have drafted a policy for Delhi with an aim to make the city leader in adoption of electric vehicles. I personally believe that going electric and breathing better are two sides of the same coin.”

The draft policy indicates that a new approach is required to kick-start EV adoption in Delhi. It also seeks for several measures that address key hurdles and targets 25 percent of the new vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023.

As per our news sorces, the government has appointed 1000 e-buses seeing the high level of pollution in the city. Currently, two buses are on trial on different routes.

The above policy provides subsidies on purchase of electric vehicles and up to Rs 22,000 subsidy is provided on purchase of e- two wheelers. This is to ensure that cost of commuting comes close to petrol driven two-wheelers. For e-cabs, full amount will be waived off during registration and cashback of Rs10 to the commuters.

The policy states open permit system to e-autos in Delhi with subsidy upto Rs 12,500 and 5% interest subvention to promote these vehicles. It also provides Rs 10 cashback to the commuters using e-autos. For e-rickshaws, the policy recommends up to Rs 20,000 subsidy and 5% interest subvention.

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