E-Vehicles 

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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries. 

  • The vehicles without batteries can now be sold and registered based on the type of approval certificate issued by the Test Agency. 
  • Further, there is no need to specify the Make/Type or any other details of the Battery for the purpose of Registration. 
  • However, the prototype of the electrical vehicle, and the battery (regular battery or the swappable battery) is required to be type approved by the test Agencies specified under Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. 

Delhi’s Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020  

  • Delhi government has notified the Electric Vehicles (EV) Policy 2020. It lays the maximum emphasis on replacement of two-wheelers, public transport and shared vehicles and goods-carriers instead of private four-wheelers, with Electric Vehicles (EVs). 
  • It envisions the replacement of the existing auto rickshaws and State-run buses with e-autos and e-buses respectively. It will also ensure that delivery-based services operating in the city are powered by e-mobility. 
  • It talks about increasing road tax for fuel-based vehicles, at least in the luxury segment and imposing in certain parts of the city a congestion fee that EVs will be exempt from. 
  • It has a ‘scrapping incentive’ for those people who want to make the switch, allowing them to exchange an old fuel-based vehicle while purchasing a new EV, further reducing its cost. 
  • The government will also offer low-interest rate loans to people interested in buying commercial EVs. 
  • The policy also offers subsidies and road tax and registration fee waivers, for EVs bought in the capital. 
  • A State EV fund will be set up, encompassing all the expenditure of the EV Policy. A State Electric Vehicle Board will be constituted for effective implementation of the policy and managing the fund. Besides, a dedicated EV Cell will also be constituted. 
  • In addition to registration fee and road tax waivers, a subsidy of Rs. 5,000 per kWh of the battery capacity up to Rs. 30,000 will be given on the purchase of each EV. For the first 1,000 e-cars or electric four-wheelers, a subsidy of Rs. 10,000 per kWh will be given, capped at Rs. 1,50,000 per vehicle. 
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