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Transport minister of Delhi, Kailash Gahlot said, "This is a different segment that is now being introduced. Worldwide the maximum number of e-vehicles one can see are e-cycles"
He said e-cycles can be pedaled as normal cycles and can be used by short-distance travelers. The Delhi government also expects large-scale electric cycle use by people who are in home delivery business. There will be higher incentives for 'cargo electric cycles', which would be used for last-mile delivery. A purchase incentive of 33% of the price, up to Rs 15,000, per cargo e-cycle will be given to buyers of first 10,000 cargo e-cycles.
An electric cycle is a normal bicycle that has been adapted or manufactured to incorporate the assistance of an electric motor, while keeping the usual pedals and bicycle transmission. The motor assistance can help the rider go further than they would under their own power. With an electric bike you can tackle bigger hills, or simply ride with less effort.
Assuming they comply with the regulations, they do not require RTO registration, insurance or a license to use, and can be used wherever a standard bicycle can go. But as per the draft proposal, these cycles need to be fitted with suitable brakes and retro-reflective devices, including a white reflector in the front and a red one in the rear.
At last! The electric cycle industry has been crying out for incentives for such a long time! Although these incentives are restricted only in Delhi, it's still a start. Electric cycles are incredibly energy efficient. Consider this, an electric cycle consumes around 300 Whr of electricity to go 50 km comfortably. Compare this to an electric scooter which consumes 1.5 to 2 kWh of electricity to go 50-60 km. An electric cycle is also insanely economical. You are essentially spending Rs 2 to go 50 km. Electric cycles can easily replace many activities performed in a scooter and definitely needs to be supported. Even the central government FAME 2 subsidy scheme for Electric vehicles does not cover electric cycles.
Most electric cycles sold in India are sold at prices upwards of Rs 30,000 and a Rs 7,000 subsidy by Delhi government will enable lots of individuals and businesses to opt for these ultra efficient means of transport.
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