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Workplace Charging Guidebook

29th November, 2021

The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and World Resources Institute, India (WRI India) launched the ‘Workplace Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Guidebook for Corporates in Delhi’ on 29th November 2021 to help employers in their journey of adopting EV charging at the workplace.

The document guides corporates in understanding the importance of EV charging, assessing the scope for workplace charging, details the processes involved in effective decision-making and sets the way forward for its planning and implementation.

With the launch of this guidebook aimed at making corporates an integral part of the EV movement, Delhi Government has become the first state government in the country to come up with a step-by-step guide to help employers adopt workplace charging of EVs.


Key Highlights

“Since the announcement of the ambitious Delhi EV Policy by Hon’ble Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in August 2020, DDC’s efforts have been towards understanding the concerns, constraints and challenges that plague EV adoption despite there being goodwill about the future being electric. As the think tank of the Delhi Government, we have been very closely involved in the framing of EV Policy and in working with various stakeholders so that we can move towards Hon’ble CM’s vision.

Delhi set up a fully online, seamless process wherein the subsidy reaches your bank account within a week of buying EV. More than ten thousand EVs have received subsidy from Delhi government. Through the ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign, we worked with various groups to make EV adoption a mass movement. Delhi has the cheapest EV tariff in the country and more than 380 public charging points are live in Delhi as of today, with 500 more charging points to be added within the next 6 months.

Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020

The guidebook has been developed in line with the vision of Delhi Government’s Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy announced in August 2020 when the share of EVs in new vehicle registrations was 1.2%, 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%.

Research shows that 90% of EVs are charged at home or the workplace. To build charging infrastructure at a mass scale, we are also subsidizing private installation of chargers. The private sector showed great interest and we heard their concerns regarding the planning and implementation of EV charging stations at workplaces. I am very thrilled today that we are launching a very practical guidebook to answer many of the queries that we have been receiving since the policy was announced. This guidebook will go a long way in making corporate an integral part of Delhi’s EV movement
Shri Jasmine Shah
Shri Jasmine Shah, Vice-Chairperson, DDCD
“The recently concluded COP26 has highlighted the importance of reducing emissions from the transport sector. Zero-emission transport through the likes of electric vehicle will help in reducing emission from the transport sector as well as contribute towards cleaner air in cities.”
 Dr. OP Agarwal
Dr. OP Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
“Delhi Government’s EV policy is a very progressive step towards improving Delhi’s air quality. The government is also doing multiple things to move towards a zero-emission future. It is time that the private sector and citizens come together to help scale this transition. The launch of the guidebook is an important step in that direction. Workplace charging will become a necessity in the future and employees will expect charging solutions. Workplace charging can help reduce the issue of range anxiety as it can provide charging solutions to employees who may not have residential charging access. Further, it will help in the greater adoption of EVs  and benefit Delhi by contributing to cleaner air.”
Amit Bhatt
Amit Bhatt, Executive Director (Integrated Transport), WRI India

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