(This story originally appeared in on Oct 24, 2020)

New Delhi: Transport minister Kailash Gahlot on Friday launched a portal for seamless disbursal of subsidy to buyers of electric vehicles.

The incentives would be applicable for all vehicles registered after August 7, when the policy was notified, while road tax deduction would be valid from October 10 and registration fee exemptions from October 15. Electric vehicles dealers can log on ev.delhi.gov.in and apply for subsidy.

“The entire process is simple and hassle-free. The transport department has approved over 100 EV models that will be eligible for subsidy. Till now, 36 manufacturers and 98 dealers have registered with us,” said Gahlot.

The minister added that the EV policy was one of the key actions announced by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the war against pollution. The policy has been welcomed by all stakeholders. We are attempting to implement everything under this policy in the best way possible. On October 10, it was decided to exempt road tax. Five days later, registration charges were exempted,” Gahlot added.

The 100 models comprise 14 electric two-wheelers made by Hero Electric, Okinawa, Ampere, Jitendra New EV Tech and Li-ions Electrik, 12 electric four-wheelers made by Tata and Mahindra, four electric autos by Mahindra, Piaggio and Saarthi, 45 e-rickshaws and 17 e-carts.

“The buyer will be informed about the progress and status of the claim application through regular SMS updates. The transport department will have a dashboard through which it will track the number of applications received and those pending approval at the individual office level. Real-time tracking has also been put in place,” Gahlot said.

The website has also listed electric vehicle dealers across the city and charging stations with Google map location in each district.

Jasmine Shah, vice-chairperson of Dialogue and Development Commission, said tariffs for charging electric vehicles on low tension would be Rs 4.5 per unit and Rs 5 per unit for high tension. “This is the lowest tariff in India. Service charge would be added depending on the charging facility,” he added. Currently, Delhi has 70 charging stations.

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