Electric two-wheelers are experiencing a mini-boom in the national capital, with their sales contributing 55 percent of the total number of registered vehicles as of January this year.

Electric two-wheelers are experiencing a mini-boom in the national capital, with their sales contributing 55 percent of the total number of registered vehicles since January this year, official data shows.

According to government data, between January and March 14 of this year, 10,707 electric vehicles were registered, of which 5,888 were e-two-wheelers (e-bike and e-scooter).

The other 45 percent of registered electric vehicles are e-rickshaws, e-cars, e-buses, electric light goods carriers and e-cars.

In January 1760 electric two-wheelers were registered, while that increased to 2,383 in February. Until March 14, a total of 1,745 electric two-wheelers had already been registered.

“The trend shows that the demand for e-bikes and e-scooters in the city is increasing, which is a positive indicator of the shift of private transport from fossil fuel vehicles to electric vehicles.

“This is also due to the government’s dedicated efforts to create the necessary charging infrastructure in the city,” a government official told PTI, asking for anonymity.

Data shows that the number of e-cars also increased in the capital between January and March 14.

As of January, there were only 147 electric cars registered in the city, a number that rose to 205 by the end of February. By March 14, 2022, 70 electric cars had been registered, the data said.

While only one electric bus was registered in January, the number rose to 12 in February. So far, five e-buses have been registered in the data in March.

The official said the spurt in e-vehicle sales came after the government announced its EV policy in August 2020.

The policy talks about encouraging the purchase of e-vehicles, especially e-bikes, e-scooters, e-cars and e-rickshaws.

It provides a subsidy, capped at Rs 30,000, for the purchase of e-two-wheelers and e-rickshaws. The subsidy on e-cars has been discontinued, the official said. The EV policy also provides for a charging station every 3 km in the city.

The official said that by 2021, the share of electric vehicles, including e-rickshaws, was just over 5 percent of the total number of registered vehicles in the city.

“The figures for the first two and a half months of 2022 are encouraging. We now hope that the share of e-vehicles in the city’s total vehicle registration will continue to increase,” the official said.

According to government data, 1,022 e-rickshaws were registered in January and 1,172 in February. As many as 586 e-rickshaws have been registered so far in March, the data shows.

To boost the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the city, the Delhi government announced Monday to set up 100 electric vehicle charging stations in “prime locations” by June 27.

These 100 charging stations will receive 500 charging points. The cost of using the station facility is Rs 2 per unit. Delhi’s energy minister, Satyendar Jain, said on Monday that of those 100, nearly 70 will be set up at metro stations.

Officials said there are currently about 400 government and private owner charging stations in the city. The Delhi government had also launched an online portal ‘My EV’ on Saturday for the purchase and registration of electric cars in the city.

Officials said this portal will offer a five percent interest discount on e-car purchases on loans under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy. The rebate will provide an additional incentive of Rs 25,000 above the Rs 30,000 incentive provided in the form of grant.

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