The Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi has announced a big gift to those who buy electric two-wheelers. The Delhi government plans to provide e-two wheelers to its employees on monthly installment (EMI). The government has made this plan to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles with the aim of reducing air pollution in Delhi.
Delhiites will be given subsidy
The Kejriwal government on Thursday announced a major scheme to promote e-cycles. Under this, the first 10,000 electric cycle buyers will get an incentive of up to Rs 5,500, while the first 1,000 buyers will get an additional benefit of Rs 2,000.
Apart from this, subsidy will also be given on the purchase of heavy duty cargo e-cycles and e-carts for commercial use. The subsidy on cargo e-cycles will be Rs 15,000 each for the first 5,000 buyers. However, under the Delhi EV policy, only Rajdhani residents can take advantage of this subsidy scheme.
Delhi government employees will benefit
An official said on condition of anonymity that the Delhi government is looking to partner with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a part of the Union Power Ministry, to provide electric two-wheelers to its employees.
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He said that two-wheelers (scooters and motorcycles) constitute two-thirds of the new vehicles registered in Delhi. In view of this, it is important that this part be converted into e-vehicles to reduce air pollution in the capital.
You can opt for EMI
According to the estimates of the officials, more than two lakh employees work under the Delhi government. Another official told PTI that the electric two-wheeler scheme for government employees would encourage the general public to adopt such vehicles. He said that the employees would be encouraged to buy electric two wheelers through his department. They will have the option of making a down payment or opting for EMI.
A CESL official said that they had approached the Delhi government in November last year and talks are on on the partnership. CESL will be responsible for building and maintaining charging infrastructure in the capital, including highways and expressways. According to news agency PTI, the company has already tied up with Kerala, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.