NEW DELHI : Delhi government on Friday convened the first Delhi EV Forum virtual meeting, which saw 130 participants from auto, charging and fleet sectors, along with civil society organisations and experts. The forum has been established to serve as a platform for continuous engagement with stakeholders in the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem for successful implementation of the Delhi EV Policy, said a statement from
Dialogue & Development Commission (DDC), which hosted the first meeting on behalf of the government.
Speaking at the meeting, transport minister Kailash Gahlot said Delhi government was fulfilling the promises made in the policy. “Execution has been systematic, including the rollout of financial incentives for EVs. We
are working towards creating awareness for EVs,” he said, adding that, “We would like to see Delhi as the EV capital not only of India but the world.”
The meeting witnessed discussions around creating joint awareness programmes by government departments and industry to promote EVs, ways to deploy charging infrastructure at appropriate spaces, need for high-quality EVs and encouraging fleet operators to convert the existing fleets into electric.
Vice-chairperson of DDC, Jasmine Shah, said, “This forum creates a much-needed platform for the entire community of people passionate about deploying electric vehicles at scale in one Indian city, to come together and make it happen. From the time we developed a draft policy, to the various consultations and finally to the notification of the policy in August, there has been quite some distance travelled.” Five years from now, when we talk about a global lighthouse city, Delhi’s name should be there, he added.