Electric vehicle charging startup ElectriVa has come up with a unique initiative to promote the use of electric vehicles, where Delhi residents can charge their electric vehicles for free at noon from June.

Delhi residents with electric vehicles can charge their electric vehicles for free between noon and 3 p.m. at more than 40 public charging stations across the nation’s capital.

Normally, morning and evening electric vehicle charging rates for a unit charge are maintained at around ten.

“We will provide free charging to all commercial and non-commercial electric vehicle users between noon and 3 p.m. By offering free charging during the afternoon hours, we want to strengthen the electric vehicle ecosystem in the nation’s capital. Right now, it is important to encourage public charging to inspire people to switch from fossil fuels to electric vehicles,” Sumit Dhanuka, Founder of ElectriVa told PTI.

He said ElectriVa will set up a charging station every three kilometers in Delhi and locations have already been allocated by the three civic bodies.

India’s retail sales of electric vehicles led by scooters and battery-powered rickshaws will nearly double in the current fiscal year that started April 1, as demand for this type of transport increases, according to a dealership organization.

As many as 800,000 electric vehicles will be sold in India in the year to March 2023, up from 429,217 units in the previous period, Vinkesh Gulati, chairman of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations, said during of an event today. The two-wheelers recorded sales of 231,338 units in 2022.

The penetration of electric vehicles in Delhi has also increased over the past few years. According to government data, about 10% of the total vehicles purchased in the city this year (January-March) so far are electric vehicles.

The government had already announced its intention to set up 100 public charging stations for electric vehicles with 500 charging points by June 27.

As many as 10,707 electric vehicles have been registered in 2022 so far between January and March 14 and of these, 5,888 were e-two-wheelers (e-bike and e-scooter), according to the data.

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