In view of encouraging the large-scale rollout of electric vehicles in Delhi to reduce air pollution, the city government plans to make electric two-wheelers available to its employees for easy monthly installments, officials said.
The government on Thursday announced a major plan to boost electric bikes – the first 10,000 electric bike buyers will receive a 25 per cent purchase incentive (up to Rs. 10,000), while the first 1,000 will receive an additional incentive of Rs. 10,000. 2,000.
The Government of Delhi is now considering a partnership with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture of public sector companies under the Union Ministry of Energy, to provide electric two-wheelers to its employees, the official shared PTI on condition of anonymity with.
“With two-thirds of new registrations in Delhi being two-wheelers (scooters and motorcycles), it is important that this segment goes electric to help significantly reduce air pollution in the capital,” the official said.
According to official estimates, the Delhi government has more than two lakh employees.
“The electric two-wheeler program for government employees will also encourage the general public to adopt such vehicles and break down psychological barriers related to cost and technology,” another official said.
Employees are encouraged to purchase electric two-wheelers through their department and have the option to pay up front or opt for EMI, which will be deducted from their salary.
A CESL official said they reached out to the Delhi government in November last year and talks about a partnership are underway.
“We have approached several states. We aggregate demand, buy e-bikes in bulk, reducing the cost per vehicle. As the benefit of aggregation extends to government employees, the cost will be less than the retail price,” he said.
CESL will also be responsible for the development and maintenance of the capital’s public charging infrastructure, including on motorways and expressways.
The company has already entered into a pact with the governments of Kerala, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.
According to government estimates, about 1.33 million vehicles are registered on Delhi’s roads, and two-wheelers account for about 67 percent of them.
A 2016 study by the IIT-Kanpur showed that the transport sector is responsible for 28 percent of particulate matter pollution 2.5 in Delhi and 41 percent of the total pollution in the capital.
Two-wheelers are the second largest contributors to air pollution after trucks and tractors.
The Delhi government has made a conscious effort to switch to electric vehicles to reduce air pollution.
In August 2020, it had introduced the Delhi Electric Vehicles Policy to increase the share of electric vehicles to 25 percent of total sales by 2024.
In February, the government had notified a draft directive requiring all aggregators and delivery service providers to include electric vehicles in their new fleet.
After the directive comes into effect, aggregators and delivery service providers will have to ensure that ten percent of their new two-wheelers and five percent of their new four-wheelers are electric in the first three months.
They must also ensure that 50 percent of their new two-wheelers and 25 percent of their new four-wheelers are electric by March 2023.