To encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi has unveiled the Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Guidebook. The Guidebook was launched in collaboration with World Resource Institute, India on February 28, 2022.

The inauguration was collaborated with inaugurating of 2 EV charging stations in Vasant Kunj locality. The Delhi Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot was also present at the event.

According to the minister, “the bigger goal is zero emission”. He hopes that resident welfare associations would be inspired to have chargers installed in their neighborhood. Delhi state government will be the first in the country to make RWAs and residential areas an integral part of the EV movement, aiming to set up a charging station at every 3 kms.

“By launching this guidebook, we welcome RWAs to become the change agents of Delhi’s switch to electric vehicles,” said Jasmine Shah, vice chairperson, Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, a government think-tank.

Charge at home

RWAs can contact discoms for the installation of chargers under the government’s single-window process. Executive director (integrated transport), WRI India, Amit Bhatt, said that according to the US Department of Energy, over 80 percent of EV charging happens at home.

Home-charging was a must for scaling up EVs and with the launch of the guidebook, the Delhi government had closed the loop for EV charging infrastructure, he said.

The guidebook talks detail about the planning, installing and managing EV charging stations in the parking space of the societies. As per DDA’s amended united building bye laws (2016), 20 per cent of the parking capacity in buildings must be provided for charging infrastructure.

The Delhi government has directed all commercial and residential institutes with parking capacity of 100 or more vehicles to reserve 5 per cent space for EVs with minimum output of 3.3kW. government shall provide a grant of 100 percent for the purchase of charging equipment up to Rs 6,000 per charging point for the first 30,000 charging points as well as a special EV tariff for EV charging.