Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot said the transport department will impanel manufacturers of electric kits for retrofitting conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric ones.
The Delhi Government cited till last year, to keep vehicular emissions in check in the wake of the increasing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed an order which banned diesel-powered vehicles older than ten years and petrol-powered cars older than fifteen years. This ban was introduced after the increasing air pollution and the air quality of the capital.
The older vehicles (more than 10 years) emitted a lot of pollution and to lower the pollution in the state, the government decided to hit a ban on these older vehicles all of a sudden, which resulted in a problematic situation among the vehicle owners.
The Big Relief to the Old Vehicle Owners in Delhi:
The Delhi government has declared if the vehicle owners can convert their old diesel cars to electric engines, only then they will be allowed to use them on roads of the National Capital Delhi.
Now, the diesel vehicles older than 10 years would be able to continue to ply in the National Capital Region (NCR) presented these vehicles will have to convert to the fully electric powertrain.
This has been confirmed by the Transport Minister of Delhi, Kailash Gahlot, through his Twitter account. The latest ruling from the Delhi Government allows the vehicle owners to bypass the earlier order by NGT which banned diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Delhi-NCR.
Delhi is now open to ICE to electric retrofitting! Vehicles if found fit can convert their diesel to electric engine, dept'll empanel manufacturers of pure electric kit by approved testing agencies. Once empanelled this'll enable vehicles to continue plying here beyond 10 yrs.— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) November 18, 2021
Though there is no clarity yet on whether retrofitting EV kits on banned petrol models older than 15 years is also allowed.
While this step will not only help the owners of old diesel cars to continue using the vehicles, it would also help in developing the EV aftermarket business ecosystem. There are also certain criteria to be fulfilled before this order comes into effect.
At present, there are about 38 lakhs overaged vehicles in Delhi that are technically ineligible to ply on the roads as per the NGT and Supreme Court’s order.
In the meantime, the capital is seeing a surge in the sales of electric vehicles. In the recent past, the sales of electric vehicles have topped the numbers for CNG and hybrid-fuel vehicles in the city.
While welcoming the move, various electric kit makers have stated that the certification should be universal like it is for CNG and not for each model, as this would entail a lot of time and money, which would be borne by the makers themselves.
Electric LCVs getting benefitted
The transport minister also declared that electric Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) – specifically the L5N and N1 categories – plying on the NCR roads will now be allowed to enter and park on roads with no-entry hours. This move should positively help in increased demand for all-electric LCVs by transport companies operating in and around Delhi.
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