“I think April 1, 2030 onwards, all vehicles which are on the platform of any aggregator have to be an electric vehicle. They have to plan the entire programme. We have given yearly targets also. I think the first year is starting from 5 per cent (to) 10 per cent. Then every year you go on increasing by 25 per cent,” Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said.
“Within a period of the next four to five years, the new induction in the fleet has to be electric. And maybe an additional two years for the old fleet which is already doing business, (after which) they have to convert the old vehicles also to electric by 2030.”
Mr Gehlot added that creating adequate EV infrastructure in Delhi is a problem his government is still trying to overcome.
“I think the biggest challenge is acquiring the bus or the vehicle. Because it’s a new technology, even the manufacturers are facing a lot of issues,” he said, adding that batteries are mostly being imported from other countries such as China.
Another challenge is creating the charging infrastructure for buses, said Mr Gehlot.
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