In a bid to reduce pollution levels in the Delhi NCR region, Delhi government on Friday notified the Electric Vehicle Policy.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said, “This Electric Vehicle Policy is the country’s most progressive policy and we hope that 5 lakh new electric vehicles will be registered in the next five years. An ‘EV (Electric Vehicle) Cell’ will be established to implement the Electric Vehicle Policy,” he added. Delhi is infamously known for the high levels of air pollution which go beyond the 400-AQI mark around Diwali.”
Financial assistance to those buying EVs under the new policy. Financial assistance of Rs 30,000 will be given on the purchase of 2-wheelers, Rs 1.5 lakh on cars & Rs 30,000 on auto-rickshaws & e-rickshaws. The Delhi government will also provide a scrapping incentive, for replacing the fuel-based vehicle with e-vehicle. Interest on loans for the purchase of e-vehicles for commercial activities will be waived and e-vehicles will be exempted from registration fees and road tax, he said.
The Delhi government says the policy would help generate jobs in large numbers – driving, selling, financing, charging points, etc.