Kejriwal-Lead Delhi Government Permits Diesel Vehicles To Be Retrofitted With Electric Kit
Kejriwal-Led Delhi Government Permits Diesel Vehicles To Be Retrofitted With Electric Kit
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday announced that old diesel vehicles can now be retrofitted with electric kits. The transport department will empanel manufacturers of electric kits for retrofitting conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric ones. Once empanelled, this will allow old diesel vehicles to continue ply in Delhi-NCR even after 10 years. This comes as a big relief to the owners of 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital.
Kailash Gahlot said, "Delhi is now open to ICE to electric retrofitting! Vehicles if found fit can convert their diesel to the electric engine, dept'll empanel manufacturers of pure electric kit by approved testing agencies. Once empanelled this'll enable vehicles to continue plying here beyond 10 yrs."
As per the orders issued by the National Green Tribunal (2015) and the Supreme Court (2018), over 10-year-old diesel and 15-year old petrol vehicles cannot operate in Delhi-NCR.
In another step to boost EVs in the national capital, the government also announced that electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCV) will be allowed entry on about 250 roads during no-entry hours.
He further said, "Good news for Electric Light Commercial Vehicles ( L5N & N1). To drive adoption of EVs we've exempted these vehicles from any prohibition from plying & idle parking on identified roads during 'No Entry' Hours. LCVs reg. have already seen a 95% hike since launch of EV Policy!"
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