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Delhi’s Transport Department has ordered all ride-hailing and delivery aggregators in the National Capital Territory to switch their entire fleet to electric by April 1, 2030.
According to the notification, passenger transport and last-mile delivery aggregators must ensure that 10% of all new onboarded three-wheeler fleets must be electric vehicles within six months. Within one year, 25% of all new onboarded fleets must be electric. In the second, third, and fourth years, 50%, 75%, and 100% of all new onboarded fleets must be electric.
After three years, all new three-wheelers onboarded for passenger transport by the aggregators should only be electric three-wheelers. Aggregators should transition to an all-electric fleet by April 1, 2030.
Passenger transport aggregators must ensure that 5% of all new onboarded four-wheeler fleets must be EVs within six months. Within nine months, 15% of all new onboarded fleets must be EVs. In the first, second, and third years, 25%, 50%, and 75% of all new onboarded fleets must be electric. Further, 100% of all new onboarded four-wheeler fleets must be electric within four years.
Aggregators operating a two-wheeler bike hailing or a two-wheeler bike-sharing service must ensure that any vehicle being onboarded as part of the fleet will be electric vehicles only. They must mandatorily convert 100% of their existing bike fleet to electric by the end of the second year of the notification of this program.
The notification said e-commerce entities must ensure that the services offered by fleet operators and transport-service providers comply with the Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator Scheme. Compliance is necessary even if they own/operate vehicles for either passenger mobility or delivery services.
In February, the Government of India issued a notification directing Delhi’s Transport Department to increase EV adoption to curb increasing air pollution. The Department of Environment and Forests stated that the transport sector is Delhi’s primary source of air pollution, especially PM2.5 emissions. Vehicular emissions accounted for 80% of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides in Delhi’s air.
The Delhi government issued the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020 to boost EV adoption in the capital city. It aimed to speed up EV adoption, primarily in the category of two-wheelers, public and shared transport vehicles, and goods carriers.