New Delhi: The Delhi government is planning a host of measures to boost the usage of electric vehicle in the capital city. The government has prepared its comprehensive electric vehicle policy and will make it public soon, the Times of India reported quoting state transport minister Kailash Gahlot.
The state government is planning to give up to 100 per cent exemption on road tax along with an incentive to replace your old car, the daily said adding that the government is also planning to create charging infrastructure across the city.
Currently road tax in Delhi stands at 7 per cent for vehicles costing more than Rs 6 lakh. So if you will buy an electric car costing between Rs 8 and Rs 12 lakh, you could get incentives of more than Rs 70,000, the ToI report said.
Major incentives are being planned for those who want to replace their old diesel or petrol vehicles with electric ones, the report further added.
The Delhi government held a meeting on August 27, which was chaired by Gahlot to discuss steps need to be taken to provide a robust support infrastructure in the city for promoting electric mobility. “All stakeholders, including the power grid, discoms and Indian Oil Corporation, were present,” the ToI report quoted Gahlot as saying.
“We are planning charging stations across the city like the way we have petrol and CNG stations,” Gahlot told ToI
The Delhi government had earlier announced the formulation of its electric vehicle policy in the Budget in March. “We have already seen many people opting for CNG-run cars, which are more environment-friendly. Electric vehicles, however, are cleaner than CNG, and that is why we are planning to give incentives to those buying them,” the daily quoted a government official as saying.
In the Budget, an exemption of 50 per cent on road tax was also announced for CNG-run vehicles. The ToI report citing sources further said that a cabinet note has been prepared on it and will be presented before the cabinet very soon.