Delhi allows EV retrofitting of diesel cars, SUVs older than 10 years

    Diesel car owners in Delhi now have a way to bypass the NGTs ban on older model.

    Published On Nov 21, 2021 03:05:00 PM

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    Delhi allows EV retrofitting of diesel cars, SUVs older than 10 years

    Recently, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot confirmed that diesel vehicles older than 10 years can continue to be used in the National Capital Region (NCR) provided that they are converted to run on electric power. This will allow owners to bypass the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years from plying on Delhi’s roads.

    • EV conversions restricted to empanelled EV kit manufacturers
    • Individual certification needed for each model’s EV kit
    • Electric LCVs get access to no-entry hour roads in NCR

    EV retrofitting in Delhi NCR

    Gahlot took to Twitter to announce that Delhi is now open the retrofitting of internal-combustion engine (ICE) cars with electric power. He further elaborated that, for now, this will apply to the banned diesel cars in Delhi that are older than 10 years and are found fit for conversion. Though there is no clarity yet on whether retrofitting EV kits on banned petrol models older than 15 years is also allowed.

    The Delhi transport department will also first have to empanel the EV kit manufacturers, before they are allowed to carry out the conversions. Furthermore, the EV kit makers will also have to get individual certification for each model they make a kit for.

    While welcoming the move, various kit makers have stated that the certification should be universal like it is for CNG and not for each model, as this would entail a lot of time and money, which would be borne by the makers themselves.

    Electric LCVs also benefit

    The transport minister also announced that electric Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) – specifically the L5N and N1 categories – plying on the NCR roads will now be allowed to enter and park on roads with no-entry hours. This should definitely help increase demand for all-electric LCVs by transport companies operating in and around Delhi.

    Also see:

    EV prices to match petrol-diesel counterparts in the next two years: Nitin Gadkari

    Vehicle scrappage policy: Intended benefits vs possible reality

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