The Delhi government launched its electric vehicle policy in August last year.
The state government offered subsidies on the first thousand electric cars bought in the national capital.
It offered a subsidy of ₹10,000 per kWh of battery capacity, with a maximum of ₹1.5 lakh benefits per vehicle. Road tax and registration fees for these vehicles were also waived.
Two-wheeler EVs had ₹5,000 subsidy per kWh of battery capacity and a maximum benefit of ₹30,000 per vehicle.
According to transport minister Kailash Gahlot, Delhi feels no need to extend subsidies any further on EVs which have achieved the targeted momentum at present with AAP government’s propaganda for the same.
Kailash Gahlot on Tuesday said, “The electric cars segment has received the required push in Delhi. Our focus now is to tap the two-wheeler, freight and public transport segments of electric vehicles (EVs) as they constitute a major chunk of Delhi’s over 10 million registered vehicles. They also ply on the road more as compared to private cars, thereby causing more pollution.”
He also added, “Actually, a subsidy is not required for e-cars as such because those who can afford to pay around ₹15 lakh for a vehicle do not care if the cost is ₹1-2 lakh more, sans the subsidy. Our aim is to provide the subsidy to those who need it the most, and they include auto drivers, two-wheeler owners, delivery partners and so on.”
It can be firmly said from this, that no further subsidies will be available for Delhi consumers of EV four-wheelers from here on.
“We are witnessing good results of our electric vehicle policy and the adoption of such vehicles is gaining pace. We are committed to realising the dream of making Delhi the country’s electric vehicle capital, according to the vision of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” Gahlot commented.
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