Kejriwal-led Delhi government allows diesel vehicles to be equipped with electric kits

The Department of Transportation will enlist manufacturers of electric kits for retrofitting traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electrics.



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This has come as a big relief to the owners of 10-year old diesel vehicles in the national capital.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot on Thursday announced that old diesel vehicles can now be retrofitted with electric kits. The Department of Transportation will enlist manufacturers of electric kits for retrofitting traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electrics. Once empanelled, it will allow old diesel vehicles to ply in Delhi-NCR even after 10 years. This has come 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 for electric retrofitting! Vehicles if found fit can convert their diesel to electric engines, the department empaneled manufacturers of pure electric kits by approved testing agencies.” Once in the panel, it will enable the vehicles to continue playing here even after 10 years.”

According to the orders issued by the National Green Tribunal (2015) and the Supreme Court (2018), diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years cannot operate in Delhi-NCR.

In another move to promote electric vehicles in the national capital, the government also announced that Electric Light Commercial Vehicles (e-LCVs) will be allowed on around 250 roads during no-entry hours.

He further added, “There is good news for Electric Light Commercial Vehicles (L5N & N1). To drive the adoption of EVs, we have allowed these vehicles to ply on identified roads during ‘no entry’ hours and avoid any restrictions from idle parking. With respect to LCV. EV policy has already seen an increase of 95% since its launch!”

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