Uncertainty Looms Over Delhi's EV Market as Policy Extension Delays Persist


6/20/20241 min read

Delhi's Electric Vehicle (EV) policy, which expired on December 31, 2023, remains in a state of limbo, leaving prospective EV buyers without the benefit of government subsidies. This situation arises despite the Delhi Cabinet's approval of the policy extension in March, which aimed to prolong the incentives until June 2024. However, the implementation was halted by the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct due to the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections on March 16.

The original EV policy was introduced on August 7, 2020, for a three-year period to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the national capital. This policy, which had been extended once to cover until the end of 2023, aimed to provide subsidies and benefits to encourage the shift towards environmentally friendly transportation.

As part of the efforts to draft a revised policy, the Transport Department and Delhi Electric Vehicle Cell conducted a stakeholder consultation last year. This initiative was crucial in shaping the Delhi EV Policy 2.0, which seeks to address the evolving needs of the market and continue promoting electric mobility. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot had previously indicated that the updated policy would include provisions to incentivize the retrofitting of existing vehicles, given the high costs associated with such modifications.

The delay in extending the policy has created a significant impact on the market, leaving potential EV buyers in a quandary. The absence of subsidies has deterred many from purchasing new electric vehicles, thereby slowing down the momentum gained in recent years. The timely extension and implementation of the EV policy are critical for maintaining the city's progress towards reducing vehicular emissions and fostering a sustainable urban environment.

Stakeholders and prospective buyers are eagerly awaiting the formalization of the policy extension, which is essential for continuing the growth trajectory of electric vehicle adoption in Delhi. The swift resolution of this policy impasse is vital to ensure that the capital city remains at the forefront of the EV revolution in India.