Online portal to enable owners and companies to retrofit old vehicles with electric kits on one platform

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Citizens will soon be able to convert their old diesel or petrol vehicles to electric vehicles at the click of a mouse. The Delhi government’s Transport Ministry is planning to launch a portal that will bring together vehicle owners and companies involved in retrofitting old vehicles with electrical kits on a single platform, an official said.

The portal is also intended to serve as a one-stop solution for vehicle owners as there are plans to also provide them with information on how to register new EVs with RTO through the portal, the official said. The portal is expected to see the light of day in the second half of this month, and the National Informatics Center will be tasked with developing the portal, the official added.

The Delhi government had approved the conversion of 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles to electric vehicles in November last year. The International Center for Automotive Technologies (ICAT) and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have so far approved 11 retrofit kit manufacturers.

According to official figures, nearly 1,000 diesel vehicles were deregistered in January of this year, and the Transportation Department had presented three options — have the vehicle scrapped by impaneled dealers, or have it converted to electric with state-approved retrofit kits, or be sanity-certified and such vehicles for sale outside of the state capital. By May there were around 1.43 lakh registered EVs in Delhi.

Converting old vehicles to electric cars will cost anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 rupees.

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