Delhi to launch phased guidelines for EV charging infrastructure in shopping malls

Delhi EV charging infrastructure policy in shopping malls

Delhi govt soon to introduce a phase-wise guidebook for EV charging infrastructure in the shopping malls for the promotion of clean energy in the state.

Highlights:

  • Few guidelines to be set forward by Delhi govt for EV charging in the parking lots of the shopping malls to promote clean energy adoption.
  • The guidelines to be launched by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and World Resources Institute (WRI), India by February 4.
  • The Delhi Electric Vehicle policy was announced in August 2020 aiming to make Delhi pollution free.
  •  Delhi govt has witnessed major a switch to EVs which was 9 percent in the month of September and November 2021.

Abide by the global commitments to reduce pollution levels, the Delhi government has been constantly working on implementing the EV ecosystem in the state with several policies and guidelines.

Recently, the Delhi govt announced to introduce a few guidelines for EV charging in the parking lots of shopping malls with an aim to promote clean energy and will evaluate the stretch of EVs in the city.

The initiative by the govt will inform the shopping mall owners about the need and importance of EV charging in their facility. The guidelines are expected to be launched by the 4th of Feb by the  Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and World Resources Institute (WRI), India.

The new guideline is expected to provide standard EV charger norms and kW capacity of EV chargers allowed to install in parking lots of malls. 

One can expect some of the major dignitaries in the launch event including Jasmine Shah, Vice-Chairperson, DDC Delhi, Amit Bhatt, Executive Director (Integrated Transport), WRI India, and prima faces of Delhi shopping mall association. 

With an aim to promote clean mobility in the state and to make Delhi the EV-rich capital of India, the Delhi government launched its revolutionary electric vehicle policy for EV charging infrastructure and EVs in August 2020. Post the launch, the Delhi govt is highly anticipating to witness a major change in the air quality index across the state with the adoption of the EV ecosystem in the state.

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Delhi govt recently launched a web portal for information on EVs and to make a comparative choice before buying, along with providing subsidies for the installation of charging stations in public and semi-public space. The govt has also directed the commercial establishment with a parking capacity of 100 or more vehicles to reserve 5 percent of their parking space for electric vehicles.

Furthermore, the Delhi government has announced the introduction of a single-window facility for aiding and permitting the installation of EV chargers across the state. Delhi government reported an exponential rise in the sale of electric vehicles across the state, post its policy updates. Towards the end of 2021, 9% out of total vehicles sold in Delhi were electric vehicles. 

Post the launch of the EV charging infrastructure facility, the installation of EV charging points in a mall will cost Rs 2,495 for slow chargers, which is much more affordable.

DDC Vice-Chairperson, Shah stated that many noticing steps were taken by the Delhi govt in order to promote the Electric Vehicle ecosystem and deployment of large-scale charging infrastructure in the state. All this was done under the vision set by Arvind Kejriwal with a view of making Delhi the EV-rich capital of India. 

Along with it, he also stated the role of mall owners for the development of the state, so by installing charging points in their malls, a contribution will be made by the malls to make Delhi greener.

The installation of EV chargers in malls is expected to make people more confident in EVs, increasing the general acceptance of Electric Mobility as a primary vehicle. And this acceptance is claimed to smooth the transition to Electric Vehicles.

This policy was inlined with the Union budget 2022, which announced the introduction of a policy for EV battery swapping technology in the nation, along with the development of EV charging infrastructure.

Mamta Upadhaya

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