Delhi emerges as EV Capital of India, announces Delhi finance minister Kailash Gahlot.
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Delhi emerges as EV Capital of India, announces Delhi finance minister Kailash Gahlot.

Kailash Gahlot announced major initiatives to promote EVs and clean energy in Delhi, including launch of a new electric bus service and e-autos with reservations for women drivers.

Delhi’s Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot presented the Budget 2023 and highlighted the government’s achievements in promoting electric vehicles in the state. Gahlot announced that Delhi has emerged as the EV Capital of India, with the share of EVs in new vehicle sales increasing from 1.2 percent in 2019-20 to 10 percent in February 2022.

He added that Delhi has become the first state in India to cross the 10 percent mark in EV sales, surpassing the share of many developed countries such as the UK, France, and Singapore. With the increasing adoption of EVs, the government expects to create 20,000 new jobs in EV sales, repair and maintenance, and operation and maintenance of EV charging stations in the next five years.

One of the major initiatives announced in the budget is the ‘Mohalla Bus’ service, which will be operated by electric buses, providing last-mile connectivity to commuters in Delhi. These smaller-sized buses, measuring around 9 meters in length, will connect major Delhi metro stations, bus depots, malls, and commercial complexes across the city.

The government aims to introduce at least 100 electric mohalla buses by next year and increase the number to over 2,000 in the next three years. According to Gahlot, these buses will ply on more than 600 bus routes in Delhi, of which 300 are already electric buses, and their number will increase to 1,900 by the end of the year, reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 1,07,000 tonnes.

Furthermore, the Delhi Government plans to launch 4,200 e-autos with a 33% reservation for women drivers in the coming year. The government will issue 5,000 e-auto permits every year for the next five years, creating 25,000 new jobs.

Overall, the Delhi Government’s budget for 2023 emphasizes its commitment to promoting clean energy and reducing pollution in the city. The initiatives announced are likely to give a significant boost to the adoption of electric mobility in Delhi.

Recently, a study conducted by the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) has revealed that Delhi has recorded the highest electric vehicle penetration in India, with 8.3% of all vehicles purchased between April 2021 and September 2022 being EVs. In terms of absolute numbers, 61,449 EVs were sold in the capital city during the same period. Two-wheelers accounted for the highest percentage of EVs sold at 48.55%, while passenger four-wheelers accounted for only 0.12%. The study also found that the Burari RTO in Delhi is the greenest in India, with 46.38% of all vehicles registered between April 2021 and September 2022 being EVs.

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