Delhi becomes the first state to include and encourage e-bikes

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The Delhi government, in a landmark move, has announced the inclusion of e-bikes in its ambitious electric vehicle (EV) policy.

Delhi has now become the first state in the country to encourage e-bikes as part of its electric vehicle policy. This will include both passenger and cargo e-bikes with a speed of less than 25 km/h.

A purchase incentive of 25% of the MRP up to Rs 5,500 will be offered to the first 10,000 buyers. An additional incentive of Rs 2,000 to the first 1,000 individual e-bike owners will be offered with a view to creating the much needed demand for e-bikes.

Similarly, the Delhi government will offer a purchase incentive of 33% MRP up to Rs 15,000 per vehicle to the first 5,000 buyers of e-freight cycles to support food delivery and e-commerce drivers in the city.

In addition to purchase incentives, all buyers of e-bikes and cargo e-bikes will also be eligible for a scrapping incentive of up to Rs 3,000 per vehicle for scrapping and de-registration of old ones. Delhi-registered ICE two-wheelers.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and Deputy Chairperson of the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) Jasmine Shah at a press conference today briefed the media on the development.

Gahlot said, “Under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi is making its mark as the electric vehicle capital of India. Nearly 46,000 electric vehicle sales have been made so far under the Delhi EV policy. The city also achieved the highest contribution of electric vehicle sales at 12.6% of vehicle sales in March 22. The midpoint of Delhi’s vision of 25% electric vehicles by 2024 was reached. The good news is that over the past 3 months, 2W sales have consistently contributed over 50% of total EV sales.

He also said that when we launched the electric vehicle policy, the original target was maintained as 25% of new vehicle registrations will come from electric vehicles by 2024. About two and a half years ago, this percentage was close to 1 or 2% only, which has now reached 12.6% in March 22.

He said grants on the e-bike will be eligible for one per individual. The person must be a resident of Delhi with a valid Aadhar card. An electric bike can travel up to 45 km on a single charge.

Talking about the disbursement of subsidies for electric vehicles, Gahlot mentioned that a total of Rs 59.44 crore has been disbursed so far by the Delhi government.

Deputy Chairperson of DDC Delhi, Jasmine Shah, said the cabinet has taken a big decision and tied the e-bike segment to the EV policy.

He said: “Previously it included two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers. To date, no state in the country has included the e-bike segment in its policy. Apart from that, there is no subsidy on e-cycle in all central government policies.

With this move by the Delhi government under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Delhi will become the first state to promote e-bike. Currently, only a very small part of the population uses it, but now we are bringing it to the general public, especially for people associated with the delivery segment. This will have a huge advantage in their job opportunities. The class associated with food delivery will no longer have to buy expensive two-wheelers but will be able to do their job by traveling 40 to 50 km on an electric bicycle.

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