Delhi government is planning to encourage electric-cycles through several financial incentives under its aspiring electric vehicle (EV) policy.
The state government’s transport department has unveiled a draft proposal for introducing e-cycles as a new segment under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, which was notified in August this year.
The government has already started providing subsidy of up to Rs 30,000 on two-wheelers and up to Rs 1.5 lakh for cars to promote faster acceptance of EVs. For e-cycles, it plans to subsidize 25 percent of the cost of the cycle (up to Rs 5,500) and give a fixed additional incentive of Rs 2,000 on the first 10,000 e-cycles
“This is a different segment that is now being introduced. Globally, the maximum number of e-vehicles one can see are e-cycles,” said transport minister Kailash Gahlot
The e-cycles can be pedalled as normal cycles and can be used by short-distance travelers, but the government also anticipates large-scale use by people who are into home delivery services, he further added.
An e-cycle is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor that will help riders if they pedal at the same time. As per the draft proposal, these cycles need to be fitted with appropriate brakes and retro-reflective devices, comprising a white reflector in the front and a red one in the rear.
There will be higher incentives for ‘cargo e-cycles’, which would be used for last-mile delivery. A purchase incentive of 33 percent of the price, up to Rs 15,000, per cargo e-cycle will be given to consumers of initial 10,000 cargo e-cycles.