More than half of the 1,000 electric vehicle charging points installed in Delhi under the government’s one-stop shop in less than a year are in apartment complexes, data shared by the Delhi government states.
Of the 1,000 charging points installed, 59% were installed by RWAs, 15% were set up in office premises and 13% in electric rickshaw parking lots. The officials said the government would spend Rs 60 lakh as a subsidy for those 1,000 points.
The one-stop-shop system was set up last November exclusively for the installation of EV chargers in private and semi-public spaces such as collective housing corporations, institutional buildings such as hospitals and commercial spaces such as stores and shopping malls. “The facility enables any Delhi resident to choose, order, install and pay (net of subsidy) for EV chargers from approved vendors through their electricity supplier’s portal (Discom). Delhi has 3 electricity providers, BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL. Delhi EV policy provides a subsidy of Rs 6,000 per charging point for the first 30,000 trickle charging points. The net cost paid by the user after deduction of Rs 6,000 includes EV charger, installation and maintenance costs for 3 years. The net cost of these EV chargers, after subsidy, is as low as Rs 2,500,” says a statement released by the Delhi government.
Through the one-stop-shop, any resident of Delhi can request installation of a charger from approved vendors at their premises, either through DISCOM’s online portal or by making a phone call. Consumers can also request a separate power connection with a special EV tariff.
The government has been pushing for rapid adoption of electric vehicles in the city, pushing the delivery and public transport industry towards rapid adoption. According to Department of Transportation data, more than 72,000 electric vehicles have been sold since August 2020, when the policy was launched. More than 41,000 electric vehicles were sold in 2022 alone, officials said. This represents nearly 10% of all vehicles sold in the city. Delhi also hit a 12.5% monthly contribution to electric vehicles in March this year, the highest in India among any state, officials said.
“Delhi is committed to strengthening electric vehicle charging infrastructure by providing a network of private and public charging facilities within 3 km of anywhere in Delhi. This is just the beginning as Delhi plans to install 18,000 charging stations in the next 3 years which will make it easier for citizens to opt for an electric vehicle…” Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.