2024 tar­get: Delhi needs 5L new elec­tric ve­hi­cles

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New Delhi: To meet Delhi’s draft elec­tric ve­hi­cle pol­icy tar­get of 25% share for elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) in new reg­is­tra­tions by 2024, Delhi will need to regis­ter ap­prox­i­mately five lakh new EVs in the next five years, a new re­port says.

The re­port ti­tled ‘Ac­cel­er­at­ing Delhi’s Mo­bil­ity Tran­si­tion: Insights from the Delhi Ur­ban Mo­bil­ity Lab’ has been pre­pared by the Di­a­logue and De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion of Delhi and Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute. It was sub­mit­ted to Delhi’s trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot on Mon­day.

The re­port states that over their life­time, these EVs are es­ti­mated to avoid ap­prox­i­mately Rs 6,000 crore in oil and liquid nat­u­ral gas im­ports and 4.8 mil­lion tonnes of CO2 (car­bon diox­ide) emis­sions, equiv­a­lent to avoid­ing CO2 emis­sions from nearly 1 lakh petrol cars over their life­time. They will also help avoid about159 tonnes of PM2.5 (fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter) tailpipe emis­sions, a known cause of res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases and pre­ma­ture deaths.

The re­port pro­poses ten ac­tion­able solutions to ac­cel­er­ate Delhi’s tran­si­tion to a shared, clean, and peo­ple-cen­tric mo­bil­ity fu­ture, in­clud­ing 35,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles within a year. The re­port also iden­ti­fies the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of an elec­tric mo­bil­ity fu­ture in Delhi. The re­port pro­poses ac­tion­able solutions by sum­ma­riz­ing dis­cus­sions and sug­ges­tions from a work­shop that was held on June 26-27 in Delhi.

“As Delhi looks to take am­bi­tious steps to­wards in­duct

| petrol-car equiv­a­lent in CO2 emis­sions can be prevented through Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle pol­icy ing large num­ber of elec­tric buses and tak­ing lead­er­ship in fight­ing air pol­lu­tion, this re­port will be­come an im­por­tant ref­er­ence point for all our agen­cies on the var­i­ous re­forms needed to en­sure a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” Gahlot said.

One of the many pro­posed solutions in the re­port is the cre­ation of a sin­gle-win­dow clear­ance sys­tem that pro­vides clearer and sim­pler pro­cesses for both reg­is­ter­ing and per­mit­ting EVs, as well as com­mis­sion­ing charg­ing and bat­tery swap­ping in­fra­struc­ture. An­other is a more at­trac­tive fi­nanc­ing for EVs through a govern­ment-led in­ter­est rate sub­ven­tion scheme. Oth­ers in­clude data solutions, aware­ness cam­paigns, and ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing pro­grammes.

At the work­shop, so­lu­tion providers shared am­bi­tious goals for de­ploy­ing clean, shared, and peo­ple-cen­tric mo­bil­ity solutions in Delhi. Over the next year, the par­tic­i­pants in­tend to de­ploy nearly 35,000 elec­tric and ac­ces­si­ble pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and sev­eral pub­lic charg­ing and swap­ping sta­tions across Delhi. In ad­di­tion to ve­hi­cles and hard­ware, other goals in­clude get­ting thou­sands of users on to dig­i­tal ride-hail­ing and datashar­ing plat­forms and en­sur­ing that in­for­ma­tion re­lated to routes and fares is ac­ces­si­ble in mul­ti­ple for­mats.

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