The Delhi government will also ask e-commerce companies, food delivery and cab service providers to use fully electric vehicles and not to give fuel to vehicles that are not PUC tested by petrol pumps. The vehicular smoke accounts for about 38 percent of the air pollution in the city.
Asked if there would be any timeline for service providers to switch to electric vehicles, a senior transport department official said, “It will be done in a phased manner.” We will soon publish the draft guidelines. The Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, which came out in August 2020, aims to increase the share of electric vehicles in total vehicle sales to 25 percent by 2024.
Only Flipkart (by 2030) and FedEx (by 2040) have set a target of using electric vehicles worldwide for delivery of goods, while international courier company DHL has set a target of 60 percent electric vehicles. According to Swiss air technology company ‘IQAir’, Delhi is the world’s most polluted capital and the fastest growing city in terms of population.