Leading the pack: Electric three-wheelers of all kinds, including small delivery vehicles, have sold the most units so far under "Switch Delhi" as buyers cash in on subsidies and long-term savings | Photo: Fuelsandlubes.com

Three-wheelers top EVs sold under ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign

At least 5,534 electric three-wheelers have been sold so far under the ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign, making them the top-selling EV across all categories made available to manage the city’s air pollution. Under the scheme, the Delhi government mandated that all electric three-wheelers be covered under a Rs30,000 subsidy — that was previously only available to e-rickshaws — and the extension reportedly saves electric auto owners up to Rs29,000 per year by lowering their operational costs by 26%. For e-rickshaws, data suggests that the owners are able to save up to 33% on operational costs, and several more are expected to be sold under the eight-week long campaign. 

NTPC to run fuel cell buses between Delhi, Jaipur and Agra 

India’s largest power developer, NTPC, will soon launch hydrogen fuel cell buses between the cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra under the national “Go Electric” campaign. Each bus is expected to save up to Rs30,000 in monthly operational costs and the project’s announcement was also accompanied by the Union minister for power, RK Singh, saying the ministry would look to source green hydrogen in 4-5 months. 

Moscow’s public transit vehicles to go fully electric by 2030

All of Moscow’s buses will reportedly go electric by 2030 as the city plans an overhaul of its current petrol- and diesel-powered public transport vehicles. The plan will expand Moscow’s 600-strong electric bus fleet to 2,000 buses by the end of the decade, and the city’s extensive tram network will also move to more power-efficient units. The city alone accounts for 10% of all of Russia’s electric vehicles, and a Russian university has also developed a novel way of recycling used li-ion batteries — that involves a cryogenic vacuum installation — to recover valuable metals “without the risk of explosion”. 

Ford to sell only fully-electric cars in Europe by 2030

Ford Motors Corp. announced it would only sell electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030, which makes it the second large American automaker after GM to double down on its commitment to move away from the IC engine. Ford will be spending $1 billion to update its manufacturing facility in Cologne, Germany for the transition, and it has tied up with VW’s modular EV platform to develop some of its new all-electric models. Two-thirds of the automaker’s commercial vehicles — which include vans and trucks — will also go plug-in hybrid or fully-electric by 2030 as, again, like GM, Ford admitted that EVs were key to “future growth and profitability”.

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