With an eye on pollution-free transportation, Delhi Electricity Regularity Commission (DERC) has reduced the rates for charging stations of e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. Low-tension e-vehicle users (those who charge at home) will pay Rs 4.5 per kW instead of Rs 5.5, while high-tension users (at public charging stations) will pay Rs 4 instead of Rs 5 per kW.
As per a DERC official statement, “The tariff for high tension e-vehicle users is lower because more losses are incurred while charging at low-tension stations. The idea is to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles.”
On November 27, 2018, a draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy was launched with an aim to ensure adoption of 25% e-vehicles among new registrations by 2023. Through this policy, Delhi government has planned to create a significant corpus to incentivise every vehicle segment. An electric vehicle will lead to savings of over eight tonnes of CO2 annually. Meanwhile, under the new tariff regime, psychologists and physiotherapists have been brought in the domestic category, which will result in lower bills.
Consumers running small commercial establishments, including paying guesthouses, from their households having sanctioned load up to 5kW will also be charged domestic tariffs. Cattle farms or dhobi ghat with a total consumption of not more than 1,000 units per month will also be in the domestic category.