As Delhi government’s ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign to promote electric vehicles entered its third week on Sunday, transport Minister Kailash Gahlot appealed to four-wheel owners in the city to make the switch to e-vehicles.
“This week, we will focus on sensitising Delhiites on the benefits of electric four-wheelers over their petrol or diesel counterparts and also on the benefits that are offered under Delhi’s EV policy for those wanting to make this switch,” Gahlot said.
Switch Delhi is an eight-week mass awareness campaign by the Aam Aadmi Party government to sensitise Delhiites about the benefits of switching to zero-emission EVs, as well as to make them aware of the incentives and infrastructure being developed under Delhi’s Electric Vehicle policy.
“Incentives of up to Rs 3 lakh are provided under Delhi EV policy, which includes Rs 1.5 lakh subsidy, registration, and road tax exemption. This is the highest subsidy in India and makes the total cost of ownership of an electric car in Delhi the same as a diesel car,” Gahlot claimed. “Subsidies provided on electric cars reduces the total cost of ownership of electric cars by up to 30%. An individual can save Rs 1,050 per month by switching to EV from a diesel car,” he added.
The transport minister said that to set an example for the capital, Delhi government has taken a lead by starting the transition of its entire fleet to EVs.