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Delhi permits EV retrofitting of diesel automobiles, SUVs older than 10 years | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Nov 21, 2021 03:05:00 PM

Diesel automobile house owners in Delhi now have a method to bypass the NGTs ban on older mannequin.

Not too long ago, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot confirmed that diesel autos older than 10 years can proceed for use within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR) offered that they’re transformed to run on electrical energy. This may permit house owners to bypass the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on diesel autos older than 10 years and petrol autos older than 15 years from plying on Delhi’s roads.

  • EV conversions restricted to empanelled EV equipment producers
  • Particular person certification wanted for every mannequin’s EV equipment
  • Electrical LCVs get entry to no-entry hour roads in NCR

EV retrofitting in Delhi NCR

Gahlot took to Twitter to announce that Delhi is now open the retrofitting of internal-combustion engine (ICE) automobiles with electrical energy. He additional elaborated that, for now, it will apply to the banned diesel automobiles in Delhi which might be older than 10 years and are discovered match for conversion. Although there isn’t a readability but on whether or not retrofitting EV kits on banned petrol fashions older than 15 years can be allowed.

The Delhi transport division can even first should empanel the EV equipment producers, earlier than they’re allowed to hold out the conversions. Moreover, the EV equipment makers can even should get particular person certification for every mannequin they make a equipment for.

Whereas welcoming the transfer, numerous equipment makers have acknowledged that the certification ought to be common like it’s for CNG and never for every mannequin, as this may entail numerous money and time, which might be borne by the makers themselves.

Electrical LCVs additionally profit

The transport minister additionally introduced that electrical Mild Business Autos (LCVs) – particularly the L5N and N1 classes – plying on the NCR roads will now be allowed to enter and park on roads with no-entry hours. This could undoubtedly assist improve demand for all-electric LCVs by transport firms working in and round Delhi.

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