Delhi Would Like To Achieve 25% Electric Car Penetration By 2023

DEC 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 22

Delhi will give example to the whole of India

Delhi, the capital of India, is trying to do something with its air pollution, which according to WHO survey of 1,600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world (see Wikipedia).

The new Draft Delhi EV Policy 2018 envisions support of vehicle electrification for the next five years and achieve 25% BEVs in the city by 2023. After a 30-day consideration period (December 27, 2018) final policy to be announced.

Delhi will promote only all-electric vehicles, two-wheelers, cars, and buses, as well as the charging infrastructure project, which at a population of some 17 million (over 26 million in the metro area) should translate into volume EV projects. Just imagine that at least 1,000 electric buses to be ordered by the end of 2019 (50% of the fleet to be BEVs by 2023).

In the case of two-wheelers, owners will get some cash for scrapping and deregistering their old gasoline bikes, as well as incentives to purchase EV. Delhi will support also electrification of shared transport.

“The policy further encourages the usage of electric rickshaws, three wheeler goods carriers, app-based e-autos and e-cabs. For all for short first and last mile connectivity trips on e-cab/e-auto rides taken through an app-based aggregator, GNCTD plans to offer ‘cash back’ rebates. These rebates will be capped at a maximum of 20% of the trip cost and an absolute value of ₹10 per ride.

“The objective of the rebate will be to make an e-cab/e-auto ride at least 10-20% cheaper than an equivalent ride in an ICE cab/auto,” the report said.”

On the other hand, additional road taxes will be levied on diesel and petrol vehicles. Highest taxes will fall on high-end models. There will be also a congestion fee for non-BEVs.

The plan envisions 100% subsidy (up to INR 30,000) for the first 10,000 points (residential or non-residential).

Annexure 1 – Summary of incentives available for various classes of EVs

See Draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 here.


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Good move Dehli. India should be able to develop cheap EVs domestically or import from China, as the safety standards are not as high as the west. All the best Arvind kejriwal’s admin.

Indian govt scraped their EV policy recently-
Just because they announce something doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen.

Does Tesla even import to India? Last I heard they had some really high import tariffs.

No… not that Tesla would be in any way relevant to the transition to BEVs in India.

Tesla’s entrance to India probably won’t have much direct impact on India, but it’ll be yet another blow to BMW, reducing revenue flows and forcing them into bankruptcy sooner. I expect BMW is going to be the canary in the coalmine – that’ll be the real warning bell to every other automaker that it’s past time to make a serious transition to BEVs.

BMW sells less than 10k car a year in total. You REALLY don’t get Indian automobile preferences.

1 US$ = 70 Indian Rupees. So the $44,000 Model-3 costs Rupees 3.08 million and the start price of the Indian car is only 300,000 Rupees or 1/10 the price of Tesla.
The rich few who buy German/Japanese luxury vehicles may start considering Tesla.
For the frequent stop/start traffic, Tesla’s fast pickup will be very helpful to race ahead and also run without pollution.

India has more electric auto rickshaws than all the EVs sold in the US, Europe, and China combined. Many of these run on swappable lead acid batteries. The transition to BEVs will take a very different track in a country like India where frugal and practical solutions are prized. Only a small subset of status conscious Indians are likely to be swayed by brands like Tesla.

Wow…India has more electric auto rickshaw than ALL EVs in US, Europe, and China combined, Seriously !!!
Where did you pull this fake news figure from? Any link to verify?
In 2016, only 22,000 EVs sold in India and auto rickshaws are a small fraction of them. Since then, sales of EVs have plateaued –

Not even close… China sells many millions every year and is by an extreme distance the leader. Besides the 1 million NEV’s they sell about 1-2 million LSEV’s and 10-30 million two-wheel EV’s in China per year.

But India will of course go the way of replacing two-wheelers, three-wheelers and the smallest vehicles in numbers a lot higher than the western world where we are so car fixated.

Wishful thinking. India is a poor country saddled with a legacy British bureaucracy.

India is #6 economy in the World today and the times have changed.
Its innovative enough to have 3 million vehicles running on cheaper/cleaner natural gas.
1.5 million electric rickshaws.
1 million + LPG vehicles (2.3 million if we include 2/3 wheelers).

Now the latest scheme is to blend Methanol in LPG (Propane/Butane). So the country is doing all they can to clean up the air and also reduce foreign oil.

India took what the British left in 1948 and made it 10 time worse. Try buying a mobile phone in India… Unless you are 1) an Indian National and 2) From that state you are facing an impossible task. The same goes with a host of other pretty normal activities. Registering with the local Police (as you have to do if you are a foreigner and staying for longer than a certain period has its own oddities. What you need to do in one city it totally different to another one.
Each state has its own laws so in reality is more like the USA than the UK.

There are 1.5 million electric rickshaws (3 wheelers) in India and this is a fact that is rarely mentioned.
A poor rickshaw owner/driver is knowledgeable and responsible enough to buy the vehicle that never pollutes and also saves him money in long run. I wonder where and how they charge and what do they do with the lower range.

But many rich Indians are irresponsible and often buy Diesel since the fuel is subsidized. Now the diesel subsidies are slowly removed and its price is reaching parity with petrol (gasoline).

I hope the automakers also realize this and start launching plugins/electric vehicles.

56% of power comes from coal plants in India

And yet, the US generated 1206 TWh of electricity from coal last year compared to India’s 986 TWh. Are you pretending that your car uses the clean bits only?

I don’t know what you’re getting at….Trump said we are using clean coal….it’s clean, man!
Seriously now, why do you care what the US uses for electricity when the vast majority of ev are on the much greener West Coast? Go ahead and compare to CA since they have almost half the evs.

Ok. I’ll bite. Let’s compare the solar industry then. California generated about 24 TWh of solar this year. India generated 25 TWh AND is growing at a 30% rate and is basically adding a California equivalent of solar every 2 years.
Your turn, Mr CA.

Seriously?! What is the TWh per capita? I’ll wait…. when you do the math don’t forget that surplus is often sent to neighboring states which consumption become greener in consequence.
CA will require any new construction starting 2020 to be equipped with panels, btw. Many builders around here are already doing it anyway. Come on Dan, give me a real challenge, man!