The move comes after the Delhi government has started offering subsidies on the purchase of an EV. The government plans to have 10,000 charge points by the end of this year.
Electric vehicles still hold a very small share in the Indian auto market even after seeing an increased rate of adoption over the last couple of years. This has led to authorities starting to take initiatives to improve the charging infrastructure for EVs. And now, Delhi’s Power Minister Satyendar Jain has directed public buildings like hotels, malls, hospitals and office spaces with parking space for more than 100 vehicles to reserve 5% space for EVs and charging points. This will give an added incentive to buy new EVs as this helps alleviate one of the biggest concerns, range anxiety.
With the implementation of this initiative, Delhi can have more than 10,000 EV charging points by the end of the year. A government official stated to the Economic Times, “Power Minister Satyendra Jain has directed all buildings such as malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, multiplexes, office spaces, hotels, restaurants and hospitals that have a parking capacity of more than 100 vehicles to set aside at least 5 per cent of it for EVs along with suitable slow EV chargers”. All the buildings are expected to upgrade their parking lots to the requirements by December 2021. The building that installs charge points and reserves parking for EVs can avail a subsidy of Rs 6,000 under Delhi’s EV policy.
Recently, the Delhi government has delisted the Tata Nexon EV from its subsidy list after receiving a complaint from a consumer. The owner had filed the complaint and approached the government stating that his Nexon EV was not returning the single charge range Tata Motors had claimed. The Nexon EV has a maximum range of 312 km in a single charge, as per ARAI figures. As ARAIs tests are always done in controlled conditions, real results compared it will always vary as conditions and terrains will vary. The Delhi High Court has placed a stay order on the delisting from the subsidy list after an appeal from Tata Motors.
The Tata Nexon EV is powered by a 30.2 kWh li-ion battery which transfers juice to a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, making max power and torque figures of 129 PS and 245 Nm, respectively. It comes with two driving modes – Drive and Sports powered by Tata Ziptron technology. Prices for the Nexon EV range between Rs 13.99 lakh and Rs 16.39 lakh. Do note that this price is without subsidy and ex-showroom only.