Monday, October 12, 2020
By Kamal Swami
Delhi Government Offers Rebate On Battery Operated Electric Vehicles
Taking an encouraging step to increase the use of electric vehicles, Delhi Chief-Minister, Arvind Kejriwal announced the rebate on the electric vehicles that are running on batteries. According to the recent reports the Department of Transportation, Delhi Government, in a notification announced that the “Lieutenant Governor of the Nation Capital Territory of Delhi, Anil Baijal has exempted the tax imposed on all battery electric vehicles”. This notification will be implemented with an immediate effect and applicable on all the electric vehicles running on battery. The same news was also shared by Minister of Transportation, Kailash Gahlot in his tweet on Sunday.
In his tweet, Mr Gahlot said,"Congrats Delhi! As promised by CM @ArvindKejriwal when announcing landmark EV Policy, Delhi govt has EXEMPTED road tax on Battery Operated Vehicles. With the right incentives & supporting infra, we are determined to ensure Delhi leads the country in rapid transition to Elec Vehicles (sic)." It was back in August this year when the Delhi government announced its electric vehicle policy and promised to remove the registration fee, road tax, and an incentive up to Rs. 1.5 lakh on the purchase of a new electric car in the national capital. The government had also announced the incentives up to Rs. 30,000 on purchase of two-wheelers, e-rickshaws, and freight vehicles.
Commenting on the announcement made by the government of Delhi, Mr.P Sanjeev, COO, Ampere Electric said, “We are immensely elated to see the efforts of the Delhi government towards accelerating EV adoption. This road tax exemption on battery-operated vehicles will lead to much needed rapid transition towards environment-friendly mobility solutions. We truly appreciate this progressive approach of the government to increase affordability for electric vehicles."
According to Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, the new EV policy is progressive and focusses on increasing the participation of the electric vehicles on Delhi roads up to 25% by 2024. At present, there is only 0.29 percent of electric vehicles running in the national capital. With this policy, the Kejriwal led government also concentrates on generating employment by minimising the levels of pollution in the national capital and also helpful in strengthening the economy.