In view of rising pollution levels in the national capital, the Delhi government has notified a draft “aggregator’s policy” under which ride aggregators and delivery services will have to mandatorily adopt electric vehicles while procuring new fleet.
“Ride aggregators and delivery services will have to mandatorily adopt electric vehicles in their new fleet. The Kejriwal government has become the first in India to draft an aggregator’s policy to mandate EV fleet; draft policy has been placed for public opinion for 60 days,” a government statement said.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the policy will provide the necessary push to the aggregator industry to become environment friendly.
“Aggregators and delivery services would need to ensure 10 per cent of all new two-wheelers and 5 per cent of all new four-wheelers are electric in the next three months while 50 per cent of all new two-wheelers and 25 per cent of all new four-wheelers are electric by March 2023, he said.
Zypp Electric Co-founder & CEO Akash Gupta welcomed the move and said, the Delhi government’s aggressive approach to tackle the air quality situation in the capital of the country is a commendable one.
“The delivery and cab ride services alone account for 30% of registered vehicles on the road and last-mile aggregator commutes contribute to pollution in a big way. This draft policy will not just help in boosting the adoption of electric vehicles at a large scale but also accelerate the presence of reliable charging infrastructure and other requirements to enable a smooth transition from ICE vehicles to Electric. Zypp is already enabling this across India by providing last-mile delivery and shared EVs on rent via the app. Its partner companies viz. Zomato, Swiggy, BigBasket, Blinkit, Flipkart, Amazon, Rapido, and others can gain a lot by adopting more EVs via the Zypp platform,” he added.