To encourage the use of electric vehicles in Delhi, the Delhi government is going to implement a policy that will convert the old vehicles running on petrol or diesel to fully electric. Let us tell you that in Delhi, a ban has been imposed on driving diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years. This decision has been taken in view of the increasing pollution from old vehicles.
The old vehicles that have been banned have been declared as scrap by the government, due to which there will be no purchase and sale of these vehicles. However, now such vehicles can be converted to electric to save them from scrap. For this, the Delhi government has allowed companies in the city to sell EV Retrofitting Kits.
What are retrofitting kits?
Electric vehicle retrofitting kit is similar to the engine of an electric vehicle. It consists of a variety of other equipment including electric motor, battery, wiring, which are used to make an electric vehicle. These retrofitting kits are of different types for bikes, scooters and cars.
With the installation of an electric retrofitting kit, the type of vehicle changes, due to which the retrofit company has to take permission from the transport department. After the vehicle is retrofitted, its new registration is done in which the type of vehicle is changed from petrol or diesel to electric.
Let us tell you that the Delhi government is going to launch an online portal soon to make this process easier. Vehicles will be registered for retrofitting on this portal.
What is the cost of retrofitting?
The retrofitting cost of different types of vehicles is also different. Usually, the cost of installing an electric kit in a petrol-powered car ranges from Rs 3 to 5 lakh. At the same time, the cost of retrofit a bike or scooter comes up to Rs 1-1.5 lakh. The list of retrofit companies will be made available on the portal, so that customers will be able to convert their old vehicle to electric by choosing the company of their choice. The portal is expected to be launched in the last days of June.
Delhi has the highest number of electric vehicles registered
Delhi has the highest number of electric vehicles as compared to other states. More than 1.43 lakh electric vehicles were registered here in May. To curb pollution, the Delhi government launched the Electric Vehicle Policy on 7 August 2019. Under this, a subsidy of up to Rs 40,000 is being given on the purchase of an electric two-wheeler, and up to Rs 1.5 lakh on the purchase of an electric car. In January 2022, the Delhi Transport Department had canceled the registration of diesel vehicles older than 1 lakh.