Delhi has become the EV capital of India. The statement was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday at the opening of 42 new ultra-low-cost charging stations for electric vehicles in the capital. Kejriwal said Delhi has the highest density of electric vehicles in the country, well above the national average. He added that Delhi is on track to meet the government’s target of increasing the proportion of electric vehicles to 25% of the total number of vehicles on the road within the next two years.
There has been a surge in the rise of EVs in Delhi since the Aam Aadmi Party government introduced a comprehensive Delhi EV policy in 2020. It offers incentives to EV buyers in the capital to facilitate the switch from conventional cars and two-wheelers. The government aims to get as many electric vehicles on the road as possible to curb vehicle pollution in Delhi.
According to data shared by the government, around 128,000 EVs have been purchased in Delhi since the government introduced its EV policy in August 2020. EVs currently make up about 13 percent of all vehicles on the capital’s streets. “Our target is that at least 25% of all new cars bought in Delhi should be EVs by 2025. As of now, 13% of all new cars bought in Delhi are EVs. The current national average is 6%,” Kejriwal explain.
On Tuesday, June 27, Kejriwal inaugurated 42 new ultra-low-cost electric vehicle charging stations at GTB Nagar, Delhi. The number of such EV charging stations in the city has now grown to 53. According to the chief minister, the cost of electric vehicles in Delhi is the lowest in India. He also showed how the increase in EV ownership over the past few years has helped the city reduce pollution. He said: “The data shows that the levels of PM2.5 and PM10 have dropped by 30% compared to 2014. Earlier this year we had days where the AQI (Air Quality Index) was at severe levels. The pollution levels are very high these days. . But now, there are few such days.”
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Kejriwal also said that one of the key reasons for the rise of electric vehicles in Delhi is the unit price or cost. According to him, the cost of riding an electric scooter in the city is seven pesa per kilometer. $ICE corresponds to $1.75 per kilometer.For three-wheelers, the cost of electric vehicles $0.09 per kilometer $2.6 per km if using fossil fuels.For someone with an electric vehicle, the running cost is about $0.36 per kilometer $Gasoline models are $7 per kilometer.
First published date: Jun 28, 2023 at 10:04 AM CST