Transport Minister @kgahlot launches Delhi’s Draft Electric Vehicle Policy 2018; targets 25% vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023; feedback at dcops05[at]gmail[dot]com #DelhiGovernance #SDGsinDelhi

Delhi goes electric – new policy targets 25% of all vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023

In a major move to fight pollution,the Delhi Government has released today the draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 for public comments. This policy recognises that a new approach is required to kick-start EV adoption in Delhi and therefore seeks to put inplace several measures that address the key hurdles to EV adoption and target 25% of all new vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023

Sh Kailash Gahlot, Transport Minister, “About 30% of particulate pollution in winter is caused by vehicles. Rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles is therefore of great importance to Delhi. Recognising the need for a new approach to kick-start electric vehicle adoption, we have drafted a comprehensive Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy with an aim to make Delhi a leader in adoption of electric vehicles. We believe that going electric and breathing better are two sides of the same coin!”

Concerned about the increasing level of air pollution, the Delhi government, through this policy, has planned to create a significant corpus of funds to incentivise every vehicle segment. All incentives are in addition to the incentive offered by the Government of India as part of the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India as notified on 13.03.2015 and any subsequent amendments thereof.

This policy has also committed to strengthen the infrastructure for battery charging and swapping  soas to provide access within 3 km range from anywhere in Delhi. Additional fees on non-electric vehicles will fund the bulk of corpus created to incentivise the adoption of electric vehicles. This policy will also seek to promote large scale job creation in driving, selling, financing, servicing and charging of electric vehicles


Electric Two Wheelers

  • Subsidy up to ₹22,000 on purchase of e-two wheelers to ensure their cost is less than or equal to petrol two wheelers
  • Additional subsidy for models with swappable battery
  • Electric two-wheeler taxis will be allowed to provide last mile connectivity
  • Scrapping Incentive of up to ₹15,000 on old BS II and BS III two wheelers

Electric Auto Rickshaws

  • Open permit system for e-autos in Delhi
  • Individual e-auto owners will get down payment subsidy up to ₹12,500 and 5% interest subvention
  • Cashback for passengers using e-autos up to ₹10 per trip


  • Support to encourage shift of e-rickshaws with lead acid batteries to those having advanced, swappable batteries
  • Individual e-rickshaw owners will get down payment subsidy up to ₹20,000 and 5% interest subvention


  • Full Waiver on registration fees, road tax and MCD one-time parking fee
  • Cashback for passengers using e-cabs up to ₹10 per trip

Electric Buses:

  • Fully electric buses will be at least 50% of all new buses procured for the city fleet starting with the induction of 1000 electric buses in 2019
  • Substantial incentives to private stage-carriage vehicles of all sizes to ensure that electric vehicles make up at least 50% of the entire public transport system in Delhi by 2023

Electric Goods Carriers

  • Purchase subsidy up to ₹20,000 for the first 5000 e-Carriers with advanced, swappable batteries
  • e-Carriers will be exempt from prohibition on plying and idle parking of lights goods vehicles during specified timings
All taxes and fees (road tax, registration fees and MCD one-time parking fee) will be waived for all electric vehicles




Public Charging Stations

  • Battery charging and swapping stations to be setup across Delhi with private sector participation at existing public parking zones, bus depots and terminals, metro stations etc.
  • Up to 100% capital subsidy to be provided to Energy Operators identified for operating charging stations based on competitive bidding
  • Special electricity tariff to be made available for operation of battery charging and swapping stations

Private Charging Stations

  • 100% subsidy on installation of charging point up to ₹30,000 per charging point for the first 10,000 points at residential or non- residential buildings
  • Building bye-laws to be amended to ensure both home and work place parking becomes EV ready through mandatory installation of charging conduits
  • Special electricity tariff to be made available to all charging points connected to a single point-of-delivery meter



  • A nodal agency will act as an aggregator for purchase and resale of old, reusable batteries. No direct disposal will be allowed.
  • Promote setting up of battery recycling businesses to extract high-value battery materials (e.g. Nickel and Cobalt) from end of life batteries


For detailed draft of Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018, visit,

Comments and suggestion scan be sent over email to dcops05@gmail.comby 26 December 2018.

One thought on “Transport Minister @kgahlot launches Delhi’s Draft Electric Vehicle Policy 2018; targets 25% vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023; feedback at dcops05[at]gmail[dot]com #DelhiGovernance #SDGsinDelhi

  1. Aren’t public transport vehicles CNG only and therefore already non-polluting? From what I have seen in the last 10 years or so, all taxis, rickshaws and buses in Delhi are CNG. The issue there is the long lines at CNG pumps causing traffic jams. Should we not prioritize private vehicles instead?


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