Draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018

Last updated: 5 November 2017
In 2013, Government of India launched a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020. Under the mission plan, the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid&) Electric Vehicles in India (‘FAME India’) was launched in March, 2015 for two years as Phase-I, which has subsequently been extended up to 31 March, 2019. Several states have also announced an EV policy (e.g., Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh) to complement national policy and address state specific needs.


Despite Central and State government incentives, pure electric vehicle penetration currently (i.e., in 2017) remains quite low in India, about 0.1% for cars, ~0.2% for 2 wheelers and practically nil for commercial vehicles. This is largely driven by following critical hurdles: a) high upfront purchase price of EVs, b) almost non-existent public charging infrastructure, c) lack of products comparable to ICE vehicles (especially in the 2 wheeler category) and d) low levels of investment in EV manufacturing capacity.


The Draft Delhi EV Policy 2018, to be notified by the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (‘GNCTD’) and which will remain valid for five years from the date of notification, recognises that a new approach is required to kick-start EV adoption in Delhi. It will therefore seek to put in place measures that address the key hurdles to EV adoption. The GNCTD will also develop a communication plan focused on driving awareness regarding the benefits of adopting electric vehicles and the key elements of this policy.


This policy will apply exclusively to Battery Electric Vehicles (as defined in Annexure -1, FAME India). Mild Hybrid, Strong Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles will not be targeted by this policy. ‘FAME India’ in this policy refers to the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India as notified on 13th March, 2015 by the Govt. of India and any subsequent amendments thereof.


Objectives include:

• The primary objective of the Delhi EV Policy 2018 is to bring about a material improvement in Delhi’s air quality by bringing down emissions from transport sector. To do so, this policy will seek to drive rapid adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in a manner where they contribute to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2023.

• This policy will also seek to put in place measures to support the creation of jobs in driving, selling, financing, servicing and charging of EVs.

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