Delhi: More E-bikes sold in first 3 months of 2022 than all of 2021.
As of current record shows over 825 Ev charging points were established across the capital and over 165 battery swapping stations where EV owners can exchange exhausted batteries for fully charged ones. With the rise in fuel prices, more and more opt for electric vehicles in Delhi.
The sales of electric motorcycles and scooters gradually increased first 3 months of 2022 compared to the 2021 year, and these data were recently released by the Delhi government, pointing to greater adoption of electric vehicles(EV).
Between January and March this year, 7,632 electric bikes were sold in Delhi – 1,758 in January, 2,384 in February, and 3,490 in March – as compared to 7,558 in the whole of 2021
Experts feel the rise in the sale of two-wheeler EVs indicates its growing popularity among the lower-middle-class and greater adoption by e-commerce and delivery firms.(HT Print)
Overall, 13,941 EVs were sold in Delhi between January and March this year – 3,405 in January, 4,547 in February and 5,989 in March – driven mostly by a rise in the sale of EV two-wheelers.
Experts feel the rise in sale of two-wheeler EVs indicate to its growing popularity among the lower middle-class and greater adoption by e-commerce and delivery firms.
Delhi government launched its ambitious EV policy in August 2020 with an eye on tackling air pollution. Under the policy, the government aims to make EVs account for at least 25 per cent of all vehicles sold in the Capital.
According to a transport department official, the ease of charging at home and availability of multiple charging points in public places, along with the lower running cost of EVs as compared to petrol/diesel/CNG vehicles, are pushing sales of EVs in Delhi. “The environment friendly aspect of EVs too add to their popularity,” said the official.
A monthly vehicles sales report prepared by Delhi government, seen by HT, shows the percentage of electric vehicles in the total sale of vehicles across all fuel types reported a sustained growth in 2021.
In January last year, 2.9 percent of 49,010 vehicles sold in the city were EVs, which increased to 3.6per cent of 44,597 vehicles sold in February and subsequently peaked at 10.6 percent of 35,869 vehicles sold in December last year. In March 2022, the percentage increased to 12.6 percent.
Amit Bhatt, managing director (India), International Council on Clean Transportation, said, “In Delhi, electric mobility has seen an exponential rise, given that EV registration was around 1per cent in 2019-20. Three reasons why Delhi is becoming the EV capital of the country are: innovation – the Delhi EV policy focuses on demand generation; collaboration – Delhi government works with civil society and private sector to push EVs; implementation – the focus on two-wheelers, three-wheelers and buses has been vital for success.”
The AAP government aggressively promotes the transition to EVs and the installation of EV infrastructure in a bid to curb air pollution.
In August 2020, when the EV policy was launched, the share of EVs in the total number of vehicles sold in the Capital was 1.2 percent. In less than two years, it has gone up to 12.6 percent in March 2022.