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 about 159 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 inducting 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 capacity-building 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 data-sharing platforms and ensuring that information related to routes and fares is accessible in multiple formats.