Charging Guidebook Promoting EV Charging at Shopping Malls
The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and World Resources Institute, India (WRI India) launched the ‘EV Charging Guidebook for Shopping Malls in Delhi’ on 4th February 2022 to simplify and enable the adoption of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging in the parking space of shopping malls in Delhi.
Through this guidebook, DDC seeks to encourage shopping malls based in Delhi to join hands with Delhi Government in promoting electric vehicles by installing EV chargers in their malls.
The document guides shopping mall owners in understanding the importance of EV charging, assessing the scope for EV charging, details the processes involved for effective decision-making and sets out the way forward for the planning and implementation of EV charging stations in the parking areas of the malls.
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Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020
The guidebook has been developed in line with the vision of the Delhi Government’s Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy announced in August 2020 with the aim to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the city and to make Delhi the EV Capital of India. The policy aims to improve Delhi’s air quality by driving the transition to electric vehicles so that they can reach 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024.
In line with this vision, Delhi Government has taken several steps, including the provision of subsidies on the purchase of EVs, directing all commercial establishments with a parking capacity of 100 or more vehicles to reserve 5% of their parking space for EVs with suitable EV chargers, and the launch of a single-window facility to enable the installation of EV charging points in private and semi-public spaces in the city. The single-window facility has made the installation of EV charging points in Delhi very convenient and charging points can be installed in malls or any commercial area for as low as INR 2,495 for slow chargers (inclusive of installation and maintenance charges for 3 years).
Owing to these progressive decisions, Delhi is witnessing a rapid transition to electric vehicles. Between September and November 2021, EVs accounted for 9% of the vehicle sales in Delhi, while the national average was 1.6%.