With Electric vehicles gaining popularity in the country. Authorities have started taking initiatives to improve the charging infrastructure. In a bid to improve the charging experience to EV owners, Satyendar Jain, Delhi Power Minister has directed building like malls, hotels, hospitals and office spaces with parking lots or space for more than 100 vehicles to reserve five per cent space for electric vehicles and charging points. This is actually a great initiative as this would improve or resolve the charging problem that electric vehicle owners are currently facing.
With the implementation of this initiative, the capital city can have more than 10,000 charging points for electric vehicles by December. A government official told Economic Times, “Power Minister Satyendra Jain has directed all buildings such as malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, multiplexes, office spaces, hotels, restaurants and hospitals that have a parking capacity of more than 100 vehicles to set aside at least 5 per cent of it for EVs along with suitable slow EV chargers”
All the buildings are expected to upgrade or convert their parking lots or spaces by December this year. The building that installs charging stations and reserves parking for EVs can avail for a subsidy of Rs 6,000 under Delhi’s EV policy. Currently we have Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona EV in the market. Tata Nexon EV is the best selling EV and is also currently the most affordable one in the country.
Recently Delhi Govt. had delisted Nexon EV from the subsidy list after receiving a complaint from a consumer. The owner who had filed the complaint had approached govt. saying that the Nexon EV was not returning him the certified range that is advertised by Tata Motors. As per ARAI certification Nexon EV has a maximum driving range of 312 kms on fully charged batteries. Because of the delisting customers had to pay Rs 16.16 lakh for Nexon EV base trim whereas with subsidy it the cost would come down to Rs 13.25 lakh.
ARAI stands for Automotive Research Association of India. They are a govt. affiliated institute that also officially approves the launch of new models in the country. ARAI does fuel efficiency runs under test conditions. The fuel efficiency that is published as a certified economy by ARAI is different from the real life fuel economy. Most of the time ARAI figures are higher than real life economy. Driving an EV is different from a regular ICE car. Electric vehicles are usually quicker than ICE cars. If you drive an EV aggressively, the battery would discharge at a faster rate. It is always recommended to maintain a constant speed and should try to practice one-pedal driving.
The new initiative from Delhi government will actually be a boon to many customers as electric charging stations would be spread evenly across several parts of the capital city. Tata Motors had approached Delhi High Court against the government decision to delist Nexon from the subsidy list. The court has now issued a notice and has directed the Delhi government to stay the order of delisting the Nexon EV from the subsidy list of Delhi.