New Delhi: The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) has been gradually picking up. The National Capital Region has achieved a milestone by becoming the country’s first (EV) capital. People are showing their interest in purchasing electric vehicles as the city has seen a total of 25,890 EVs sold out in the first six months of 2022.
EVs accounted for 9.3% of all vehicles registered in Delhi this year till June 30, up from 5.6% recorded in the whole of 2021.
Last year, 25,814 electric vehicles were registered. Its total number was 23,222 in 2019 and 20,973 in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, in 2020, 12,381 EVs were registered. It was very low due to an overall decrease in vehicle sales because of the widespread of the deadly COVID-19.
Currently, more than 140 EVs have been registered every day this year in Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Delhi government’s ambitious EV policy on August 7, 2020, with the purpose of increasing the number of electric vehicles on Delhi roads to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024.
Initially, the main focus was given to electric four-wheelers, but, recently, stress has been given to two-wheelers, which are being promoted in a bigger way because they make up the bulk of vehicles on Delhi’s roads. “If we introduce electric vehicles in a big way then, it will help in reducing air and noise pollution in a huge way,” an official said. “The reason that the sales of EVs have been rising since last year is that the EV policy is now firmly in place and all the incentives that were promised have been rolled out,” he said.
Earlier, about 97% of EVs sold in Delhi were e-rickshaws or e-carts. In 2019, the share of vehicles almost remains the same. But gradually, the mindset of people changed, and they started purchasing electric vehicles. Therefore, this year, out of four EVS, only one e-rickshaw is being sold.