Delhi Government Will Only Buy Electric Buses: Gahlot

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The government of Delhi is looking to buy 1,300 low floor electric buses. A tender for procuring another 575 electric buses has also been floated by the Delhi government under the cluster model.

Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot, during ETAuto EV Conclave noted that the government of Delhi is planning to introduce 1000 electric buses in the capital of India by the end of year 2021. It was not immediately clear whether the government has already raised purchase orders for procuring these buses or not.

“Delhi is the only state where the entire public transport is on CNG. We have already made an announcement that we will buy only electric buses for public transport henceforth. Towards the year-end we are looking at almost 900-1000 electric buses on Delhi roads,” he said.

The government of Delhi, as per a report in the emobility, has already finalised vendors for procuring 300 electric buses. The report adds that the government is looking to buy some 1,300 low floor electric buses. A tender for procuring another 575 electric buses has also been floated by the Delhi government under the cluster model.

Delhi EV Forum

The Delhi government has recently also launched a forum to engage with stakeholders for the successful implementation of its recently launched EV policy. The Delhi EV policy aims to register 500,000 electric vehicles in the city by 2024. It also wants to increase EV registrations in the city to 25 percent of total vehicles sold by 2024.

Jasmine Shah, vice chairperson, Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of the Delhi government had said that the since the launch of Delhi’s electric vehicles policy, they have received enthusiastic response from several stakeholders. Their concerns and suggestions are important and discussing them transparently at the Delhi EV Forum is the best way to chart a joint roadmap for the successful implementation of the EV policy.

The Forum will also provide a platform for continuous engagement with a broad set of stakeholders to implement the Delhi EV policy through a series of quarterly meetings as per Shah. He added that Think-tanks, civil society organisations (CSOs), OEMs, Charging Infrastructure Providers, fleet-aggregators, first and last-mile service providers, and government agencies would all be invited to participate in these workshops.

The government of Delhi had recently suspended subsidy on Tata Nexon EV for sub-standard driving range. “The Delhi government has decided to suspend subsidy on a EV car model, pending final report of a Committee, due to complaints by multiple users of sub-standard range performance,” Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gahlot had tweeted recently.

The Indian Electric Bus Market stood at around $47.35 million in 2018 (Research and Markets), and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 37.6 per cent during the 2020 to 2024 period. The North Region, which included Delhi, accounted for the highest share in the Indian Electric Bus Market in 2018.

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