The draft EV policy by the Delhi government aims at making 50 per cent of the public transport bus fleet zero-emission by 2023
After CNG-propelled bus fleets and an expanded metro-rail network covering 373 km, the Delhi government has now embarked on its next phase of journey – clean, shared and people-centric mobility solutions.
To realize this new dream, Delhi may need to deploy nearly 35,000 electric and accessible passenger vehicles, at least 1,000 electric vehicles for last-mile connectivity and several hundred public charging and swapping stations by next year, says a new report by Urban Mobility Lab.
Announced by NITI Aayog in November 2017, Urban Mobility Lab is a platform that supports Indian cities in identifying, implementing and scaling pilot projects and solutions that transform how people and goods move. It is led by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
In addition to vehicles and hardware, other goals for the Delhi government include getting thousands of users on to digital ride-hailing and data-sharing platforms and ensuring that information related to routing, booking and payment are accessible in multiple formats, the report noted.
Delhi government’s EV policy
To support the objective of improving Delhi’s air quality, the draft EV policy by the Delhi government sets an ambitious target for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) to make up 25 per cent of new vehicle registrations by 2023.
As part of its green budgeting initiative and efforts to reduce vehicular pollution, Delhi has initiated action to procure 1,000 fully electric buses.
The draft EV policy also highlights the “target of making 50 per cent of the public transport bus fleet zero-emission by 2023”.
“The plan of Delhi government is to create collaborations and provide manners and platforms like the Urban Mobility Lab through which we can constantly be in dialogue with all the stakeholders who are serious about implementing electric mobility solutions in Delhi, and partner and collaborate with them to ensure that Delhi becomes the electric vehicle capital of India,” elaborated Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC, which is a premier think-tank of the Delhi government.
Partnership with RMI
Delhi government and RMI are jointly developing a pilot project on the electrification of final-mile delivery vehicles in Delhi.
The electrification of goods-carrier vehicles used for short-haul deliveries is one of the key focus areas of the draft Delhi EV policy.
“The urban freight pilot aims to support the launch of 1,000 electric delivery vehicles in Delhi by January 2020,” said the report.
To translate policy action into progress on the ground, the Delhi government through the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and non-profit RMI started the Urban Mobility Lab initiative two years back.