Delhi Govt Empanels 6 Manufacturers For Electric Conversion
As the pollution levels continued to climb up in the capital of the nation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) implemented a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles over 10 years and 15 years old in Delhi NCR. The ban will be applied on the cars that will cross this age threshold and will be automatically de-registered from the e-parivahan portal.
However, the transport department of the Delhi government has given the owners of such vehicles and those nearing these age limits a helping hand. The department has asked them to either sell these cars outside the NCR, for which they will provide a NOC for re-registration in other states or they can retrofit these vehicles with electric conversion kits.
The officials from the transport department have recently empanelled six manufacturers through which these old diesel and petrol vehicles could be retrofitted with electric conversion kits. The retrofitters empanelled by the department are approved by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), a leading testing certification, research and development agency.
These companies will provide electric kits with different battery capacities and fuel types for two, three, and four-wheelers. One of these six empanelled electric kit manufacturers is the Etrio Automobile and their kits can be fitted to both petrol and diesel-driven old four-wheelers. Etrio’s electric kits offer a 17.3 kW battery with a range of over 106 Km. While another manufacturer from the list, Booma Innovative Transport Solutions Renewable offers an electric kit with a battery capacity of 2.016 kW and a range of up to 65.86 Km.
In addition to Etrio and Booma, the enlisted manufacturers are 3EV Industries, Zero 21 Renewable Energy Solutions and VELEV Motors India Pvt Ltd. And as per the automobile experts of the nation, this retrofitting process could cost anywhere between the range of Rs 3-5 lakh depending on battery capacity and range. While the cost for retrofitting two and three-wheelers will be significantly less, it will still depend on the type of battery and manufacturer.
One of the officers from the department stated, “We are going to have a hackathon in coming days to bring in more electric kit manufacturers on board to expand this retrofitting market for conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles into electric ones,”
After numerous attempts to curb the rising pollution levels in Delhi, the state government has resorted to forced automatic de-registration of older vehicles. This ban will help the government to boost the Scrappage policy that’s been in effect since 2018.
While in order to support the use of more electric vehicles by consumers the government is also working on creating a bigger and better electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Recently more than 10 vendors have also been empanelled by the three discoms in Delhi. These vendors will be responsible for installing charging points for electric vehicles at apartments, housing societies, malls and hospitals. In addition, The government will also provide a grant of 100 percent for the purchase of charging equipment up to Rs 6,000 per charging point for the first 30,000 charging points.