Taking a major step towards electrification of the vehicle fleet in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to allow retrofitting of old diesel vehicles with electric kits. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that the Delhi Transport Department will enlist manufacturers manufacturing electric kits to install conventional ICE vehicles in electric vehicles. The move comes as a big relief to owners of 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi, who have had to discontinue old diesel vehicles due to the current regulation. The National Green Tribunal in 2015 and the Supreme Court in 2018 ordered that diesel vehicles of 10 years or more and petrol vehicles of 15 years or more age cannot ply in Delhi NCR.
This came as a shock to many as thousands of vehicles in Delhi-NCR became non-operational due to the sudden decision. But now, with this move, they can continue to use vehicles similar to the Ev after converting electric vehicles to diesel-powered vehicles. While this move will help the old diesel vehicle owners to continue using the vehicles, it will also help in developing the EV aftermarket business ecosystem. The announcement comes at a time when the national capital is facing severe air pollution and vehicular emissions are among the contributors.
Gehlot said in a tweet that Delhi is now ready for ICE for electric retrofitting. “Delhi is now open to ICE for electric retrofitting! Vehicles can convert their diesel to electric engines if found fit, the department will shortlist manufacturers of pure electric kits by approved testing agencies. Once listed, it Will enable vehicles to run from here onwards. 10 years,” he wrote in his Twitter post.
Apart from allowing retrofitting of diesel vehicles with electric kits, the Delhi government has also decided that from now on, electric light commercial vehicles will be allowed to enter around 250 roads during no-entry hours. The government believes that this move will further increase the reach of electric vehicles in the state. In another tweet, Gehlot said, “Good news for Electric Light Commercial Vehicles (L5N and N1). To drive the adoption of EVs, we have allowed these vehicles to ply on marked roads and avoid idle parking during ‘no entry’ hours. Exempted from any restrictions. With respect to LCV. EVs have already seen an increase of 95% since the launch of the policy!”