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Delhi Govt Wants Ola, Uber, Zomato, Swiggy Etc To Switch To Electric Vehicles – CarToq.com

By CarToq Desk
Published: January 4, 2022
Delhi has been recording extreme levels of air pollution consistently in the recent few years. To combat the surging air pollution in the nation’s capital, the government of Delhi is taking some serious measures. The government will be asking major aggregator companies – food delivery services and cab aggregators, mainly – to switch their gas-powered fleets to electric vehicles.
Delhi Govt Wants Ola, Uber, Zomato, Swiggy Etc To Switch To Electric Vehicles
 
As the emissions from vehicles contribute to a whopping 38 percent of total air pollution, Delhi government taking this step will prove very beneficial in the long run. An official from the state authority said, “The government is going to take two majors steps to check vehicular pollution — we will ask all aggregators including Zomato, Swiggy, Ola, Uber etc. to completely switch to electric vehicles. These services account for 30 per cent of the registered vehicles in Delhi,” While adding, “We are also considering directing dealers and petrol pumps not to supply fuel to vehicles without PUC certificate.”
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These companies will be directed to switch to all-electric vehicles in a phased manner as it is a huge process and forcing it at once will only add to the troubles of the companies. A senior official from the transport department said, “It will be done in phased manner. We will soon publish the draft guidelines.” The government of Delhi is aiming to increase the EV share in total vehicle sales to 25 percent by 2024. This objective was shared under the Delhi Electric Vehicles policy which was introduced in the August of 2020.
The aggregators are not likely to complain, either. Ola is already in the business of manufacturing electric scooters, and recently launched the S1 and S1 Pro scooters in the market to a great reception. Booking numbers have reported crossed 90,000 and are closed as of now.
The Delhi government’s decision would also make car manufacturers such as Tata Motors happy as they are well-positioned to deliver affordable electric cars to taxi aggregators. Tata’s Nexnon EV is already India’s top selling electric car.
Crazy dedication by Pune Ola Electric Team. Delivered scooter at 2.30 Am 31st December as promised. Thank you Pune @OlaElectric Team you are awesome. And thank you @bhash for keeping your word. My wife loves this color 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/1bhfL7TEOW
— Sachin (@amazlng) December 31, 2021

Additionally, the government is also considering implementing the rule of checking PUC’s at petrol stations before allowing the vehicle to be refueled. Under this direction, the owners will be required to get their vehicles tested to ascertain if they meet emission standards for pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide. And if the vehicle owners are unable to present a valid PUC they can be fined up to Rs 10,000, or imprisoned for up to six months or both, under the Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1993.
As of now only Only Flipkart and FedEx have announced their targets of converting their entire fleet into electric vehicles. While Flipkart is targeting 2030 for the electrification of its vehicles, Fedex is aiming for 2040 for the same. In addition, DHL has also set a target of 60 percent electrification of its entire fleet.
India currently ranks third in the list of most polluted countries in the world, and pollution is becoming a matter of grave concern for many. Delhi already has a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles over 10 years and 15 years old by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
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