NEW DELHI: Since the launch of the Delhi electric vehicle policy in August last year, three wheelers have emerged as the highest selling electric vehicle(EV) segment in Delhi.
5,534 new EV three-wheelers have been registered, with more users are coming forward to make the switch. Delhi government is running ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign focused on generating awareness on the benefits of EV three-wheelers along with the benefits offered under the Delhi EV policy for those who want to make the switch from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles to electric.
Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said since the launch of Delhi EV policy, 5,534 new EV three-wheelers have been registered. “We are constantly receiving positive feedback from original equipment manufacturers that a lot of people have expressed interest to make the switch from ICE to electric vehicles. Delhi government has led the way in promoting e-rickshaws for the last few years by giving a subsidy of Rs 30,000,” Gahlot said.
The minister said that after the EV policy, the same subsidy has been extended to e carts/loaders and e-autos. “Scrapping incentives of up to Rs 7,500 are also available. E-autos can complement e-rickshaws in providing zero pollution last mile connectivity in Delhi. Delhi government will soon bring out a scheme to facilitate easy registration of e-autos in Delhi,” the minister said.
Subsidies provided by the Delhi government under Delhi’s EV policy on electric 3 wheeler autos reduce the total cost of ownership of the electric three-wheeler by up to 26%. “By switching to electric 3 wheeler auto, an individual buyer can save approximately Rs 29,000 annually. Similarly, the subsidies provided on electric 3 wheeler e-rikshaw under the Delhi EV policy reduce the total cost of ownership by up to 33%,” Gahlot siad.
Under Delhi’s EV policy, 177 three-wheeler models are available and eligible for purchase and scrapping incentives across 68 manufacturers.
Sunil Kumar, who recently switched to EV, said, “The e-rickshaw earns me my livelihood. It has helped me a lot with the financial savings. I received a subsidy of Rs 30,000, and the registration fee and road tax were waived off under the EV policy. I would urge three-wheeler owners in Delhi to switch to an e-rickshaw as it would reduce pollution levels while helping you save money.” Another switcher, Ravi, said the e-rickshaw is very easy to charge and has a plug-and-charge mechanism.
Delhi’s EV policy and the Switch Delhi campaign have been well-applauded by environmentalists, celebrities, and the industry.
Switch Delhi is an eight-week mass awareness campaign by the Delhi Government to sensitize each and every Delhiite about the benefits of switching to EVs to the environment as well as to make them aware of the incentives and infrastructure being developed under Delhi’s EV policy. The campaign aims at informing, encouraging, and motivating each and every person in Delhi to switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emission electric vehicles.