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28 May, 2023
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The Financial Express

Convert Old Petrol/Diesel Vehicles into Electric Vehicles

In recent news for vehicle owner issued by the Delhi government, it was stated that all petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years will be prohibited from plying on the roads of Delhi from January 1. However, the transport department has also mentioned that they are providing alternatives to keep these vehicles running despite the ban. The first option is getting NOC from the concerned department and registering the vehicle in some other state. 

The second alternative involves retrofitting petrol and diesel vehicles with electric kits sourced from impaneled manufacturers. The Good news for vehicle owners did not mention any names of such manufacturers in the initial stages. The department of transport presented names of 6 manufacturers to retrofit old petrol and diesel vehicles with electric conversion kits.

The concerned departments are also getting in touch with other manufacturers who will soon become members of the panel. At present, there are 6 retrofitters impaneled by the transport department and approved by the International Centre for Automotive. The manufacturers include Etrio Automobile electric kits. It is compatible with both petrol and diesel vehicles. The kit comes with a 17.3-kilowatt battery that can provide a range of approximately 106 km.

Other impaneled manufacturers include Booma innovative transport solutions, Zero 21 renewable energy solutions, and VELEV motors India private limited. All these manufacturers will be providing electric kits with different battery capacities and fuel types for two, three, and four-wheelers.

The kit designed by Booma is for two-wheelers and comes with a battery capacity of 2.16 KW and a range of around 65 km. Currently, government officials are trying hard to source and deploy more manufacturers on board to effectively expand the retrofitting market. It is expected that conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles into electric powered ones will help in cutting down on the excessive levels of pollution around Delhi.

According to estimates by government departments, there are over 1.5 lakh diesel vehicles in the national capital that are older than 10 years. Similarly, there are over 28 lakh petrol vehicles aged more than 15 years. To comply with the latest regulations of the National Green Tribunal order, the government will de register all diesel vehicles that have completed the danger zone on January 1, 2022. Owners will have to get a valid No Objection Certificate to get the vehicles re-registered in other cities.

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