The Delhi government has put its new draft policy on electric vehicles — which sets an ambitious target of electrifying 25% of all new vehicles registered by 2023 — in public domain for suggestions. While the details of the initiative are being debated, nobody disputes the urgency to fight the air pollution asphyxiating Delhi residents.
Electric vehicles can help because they have zero tailpipe emissions and can reduce the dangerous nitrogen-oxide and particulate matter in the air. They also offer quieter and smoother rides. The new draft policy’s focus on electrifying two-wheelers, besides auto-rickshaws, cabs, goods carriers and public buses, could address a big problem.
Out of 7.3 million motorcycles and scooters registered in Delhi, at least three million run on the polluting BS-III engines. While now, vehicles with only cleaner BS-IV engines are being registered, banning the older, polluting two-wheelers is difficult as much of the city’s working class depends on them for their daily commute.Read More