Launch of EV Charging Guidebook for Shopping Malls
- Kejriwal Government becomes the first state govt. to launch a step-by-step guide to promote charging of EVs at shopping malls.
- The released 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 of malls.
- Top malls in Delhi commit to install EV charging points in 5% of their parking capacity in the next 6 months, approx.
- 1000 new charging points to be added in shopping malls in 6 months.
DDC Delhi, in partnership with WRI India, released the ‘Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Guidebook for Shopping Malls in Delhi’ on February 4th, 2022 to simplify and enable the adoption of EV charging at shopping malls in Delhi. With this launch, Delhi became the first state in the country to come up with a step-by-step guide to help shopping malls adopt charging of EVs in their parking space.
The guidebook was launched in the presence of Shri Jasmine Shah, Vice-Chairperson, DDC Delhi, Shri Amit Bhatt, Executive Director (Integrated Transport), WRI India and representatives of various shopping malls/associations in Delhi. Shopping mall representatives welcomed the Delhi government’s initiative of promoting EVs and expressed their support for installing EV chargers in their malls for at least 5% of their parking space in the next 6 months.
Providing an EV charging facility can benefit shopping malls through increased footfall, increased time spent by customers, improved visibility, boost to their ‘green’ image, and improved customer loyalty and it can potentially be an additional revenue stream for the mall owners. The released 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 of malls.
Under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, the Delhi Government has taken several steps to include various stakeholders in making Delhi the EV capital of India, including:
- Provision of subsidies to private entities (shopping malls, office complexes, RWAs etc.) for the installation of 30,000 EV chargers,
- Directions to 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
- 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 within 7 days in malls or any commercial area for as low as INR 2,495 for slow chargers.
Delhi also has the most progressive tariff for EV charging in the country. Before the guidebook for EV charging in shopping malls, DDC Delhi had also released a guidebook to promote workplace charging of Electric Vehicles (EV) for the corporates in Delhi in November 2021.
Owing to these progressive decisions, Delhi is witnessing a rapid transition to electric vehicles. Between September and November 2021, EVs accounted for 9% of vehicle sales in Delhi, while the national average was 1.6%.