NEW DELHI: A group of electric vehicle manufacturers have written to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), urging it to recommend full electrification of 'commercial' two-wheelers in the city.
The tribunal, which has been coming out with a slew of measures to control the increasing pollution in Delhi NCR, has already put a ban on all vehicles older than 15 years in the national capital territory.
The recommendation by the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) is based on the addition of lakhs of new two-wheelers into the Delhi market every year. According to statistics based on the Delhi statistical handbook (2014), around six lakh two-wheelers have been added to the city's roads every year, since 2010.
Sohinder Gill, SMEV office bearer, shot off a letter to NGT chairman Justice Swatantar Kumar, citing the findings of a study by IIT Kanpur as well.
The letter says, "SMEV requests for immediate steps for complete electrification of commercial two-wheelers engaged in e-commerce and logistics business in the national capital."
According to Gill, who is the head of Hero Electric company, Delhi's increasing pollution requires alternate energy efficient modes of transportation, which is addressed by electric vehicles.
The SMEV, which is along the lines of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers(SIAM), cites the IIT-Kanpur study, which says that two-wheelers constitute 33% of pollutants. Gill, in his letter, points to the large number of two-wheelers in the city — 56 lakh — adding that the 'commercial' two-wheelers contribute much more to pollution than two-wheelers in private use, due to the number of rides daily.
He adds, "Delhi has about 15,000 plus restaurants, each having at least 8-10 delivery vehicles, making at least 10 trips per day. This happens on a much bigger scale for all e-commerce and logistic businesses plus the non-formal sectors, which are engaged in various other services of delivery causing huge damage to the environment. Changing all of them to electric mode would go a long way in transforming the current level of pollution and cost cutting."
Two-wheelers account for more than 64% of the total vehicles on road, therefore, any strategy to control air pollution must have focus on the same, argues the SMEV letter.
It also asks for an "immediate direction" by the NGT to make it mandatory to adopt Euro V two-wheelers, which he says, "Will go a long way in mitigating air pollution and solving the mobility and transportation issues of the city."
Incidentally, Hero also manufactures fuel-based two-wheelers.
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