As the government’s national mission on clean mobility gathers speed, Delhi is leading the way with a city second only to Uttar Pradesh in terms of the number of electric vehicles registered, according to India’s first environment-friendly car showroom.
As per an official data portal released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Monday, as many as 1,991 electric vehicles were registered in Delhi till August this year – more than twice the total number registered in the next best state Uttar Pradesh that had 996 such cars until then.
“The new online system is giving great results. It would help in promoting clean mobility solutions like electric vehicles,” Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said at the launch event of the portal.
The Ministry said, on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5), that it has compiled the data for all-electric vehicles registered across the country under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme since April 2017, through a user-friendly portal – electricvehiclemobilization.gov.in .
EVM Motors Pvt Ltd CEO Rajesh Gupta said: “We are proud to share that we have sold as many as 524 EVs till now in Delhi where we have our presence since last 6 years”.
“We are ready to support the government’s initiative and promote EVs in the capital city as well as country at large,” he said.
EVM Motors is a leading manufacturer of electric cars for retail customers, fleet operators, and corporate groups. The company has a presence in Delhi/NCR and Ahmedabad from where it distributes its products. It has sold vehicles to corporates like Tata Motors, Britannia Industries, Bajaj Allianz, Cummins India and many others.
Impressed with Delhi’s lead, Gadkari said: “Delhi is the frontrunner when it comes to adopting the new technology at the earliest”.
Gadkari also said that while the country has almost sold all its fossil fuels, as a country we have to do much more in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
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“We should sign an international agreement on green mobility very soon. We will also promote electric vehicles in countries like the US, Korea, and Japan,” he said.
The Ministry has already brought down the import duty on electric vehicles from 12% to 10% and raised tax credit from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 15 lakh under FAME (pre-launch). It plans to bring down the import duty further from 10% soon and is encouraging larger companies to buy pure electric cars.