It's happening now: Owning EVs in Delhi will no longer attract road taxes or registration fees and the govt. will also deposit vehicle subsidies directly to owners's bank accounts | Photo: DNA India

Delhi exempts road tax and registration fees on EVs amidst dip in two-wheeler sales

Starting October 10, EVs will no longer be required to pay road tax or registration fees to ply in Delhi. The exemption will be affected under the Delhi EV policy, which aims to add 500,000 EVs to the city’s fleet by 2024, and could save customers up to ₹3,000 in registration fees and 4-10% of the vehicle’s cost in road taxes. The government is also keen to deposit the subsidies on EVs directly to customers’ bank accounts to avoid any delays in processing. Customers could receive up to ₹30,000 for two-wheelers and ₹1.5 lakh for electric cars. 

However, the notification comes amidst reports that less than 10,000 electric two-wheelers were sold across the country due to disruptions brought on by the lockdown. Where six million (60 lakh) petrol two-wheelers were sold in the same period, the electric units only managed a total of 7,552 — a nearly 25% drop in sales year-on-year. 

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Tesla may start selling cars in India in 2021

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France to unveil €1,000 subsidy on buying second-hand EVs 

The French government will make available a €1,000 subsidy for anyone who wishes to purchase a second-hand EV, with absolutely no conditions attached. The amount may also be combined with the existing scrapping bonus of €2,500 that customers can avail when trading in their IC engined-vehicles. Previously, upfront subsidies were only applicable on new EV purchases, but the latest addition is part of the country’s economic recovery plan, under which it will also install 100,000 charging points (including 500, 150 kW fast chargers) at a cost of €100 million.

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