Mumbai: E-vehicle registrations up 115% in 2020-21 as ‘fuel prices rise’

Electric vehicle registrations have seen a 115% rise in Mumbai during the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic compared with the previous financial year, latest transport department statistics showed. They also revealed CNG vehicles were preferred by motorists too, and were just 12% short of the number of diesel vehicles registered in 2019-20.

The number of electric vehicles registered in 2020-21 totalled 1,442 compared with 672 in 2019-20. These included more than 90% two-wheelers, especially scooters.

Statistics also showed of the total e-vehicles registered in 2020-21, as many as 885 were done between January and March this year. Maximum e-vehicles were registered in the island city (Tardeo RTO) at 463 followed by 426 at Andheri RTO, 321 at Borivli and 232 at Wadala.

Transport experts said one of the reasons why people opted for e-vehicles was the rising cost of diesel and petrol, which neared the Rs 90 a litre and Rs 100 mark earlier this year, respectively. “It is also environmentally friendly, noiseless and smooth to ride, other than the cheaper fuel cost and maintenance,” said the owner of an e-scooter from Mulund.

The city has seen a spurt in the number of shops selling e-vehicles while car manufacturers are also coming up with new models of e-cars and e-SUVs.

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