Officials confirmed that the adoption of electric vehicles is picking up pace in Delhi, with the count of such vehicles surpassing the total number of registrations of CNG and hybrid-fuel cars in the city in recent months.

From July to September, electric vehicles accounted for seven percent of the total number of vehicles registered with the Delhi government’s transport department, while CNG vehicles accounted for six percent, official figures showed.

Over 1.5 lakh vehicles were registered in the period, including 7,869 electric cars, 6,857 CNG vehicles, 7,257 vehicles driven on both CNG and petrol, and 93,091 vehicles driven on gasoline or diesel.

“We are witnessing good results of our electric vehicle policy, and the adoption of such vehicles is gaining pace. We are committed to realizing the dream of making Delhi the country’s electric vehicle capital, according to the vision of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.

In addition to focussing on the adoption of electric vehicles in a big way, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has also decided to promote e-autorickshaws and e-buses to replace polluting fuels to make Delhi a clean city, Gahlot said.

Accordingly, it has been decided that the transport department will only procure electric buses now.

He added that a tender floated for 450 CNG buses by the department would be the last one for this type of bus.

The department is in the process of issuing permits for 4,261 e-autorickshaws, with a 33 percent reservation for women applicants. Nearly 12,000 applications have so far been received for these permits, the officials added.

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