Delhi govt launches Urban Mobility Lab

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government launched its ambitious Urban Mobility Lab (UML) initiative in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to promote innovation of clean and sustainable mobility solutions in Delhi here on Wednesday. The lab was launched by the Transport, Minister Kailash Gahlot, and Vice Chairperson, Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), Jasmine Shah, in the presence of several stakeholders from government, industry and civil society. “Delhi government is committed to reduce vehicular pollution through the introduction of electric vehicles in Delhi,” Kailash Gahlot, minister of transport, the government of NCT of Delhi said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAs part of the Urban Mobility Lab, Delhi government also announced its first electric vehicles freight pilot. Over 30 players in final-mile urban delivery from across India have come together in Delhi as part of the Urban Mobility Lab with the goal of piloting up to 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) for urban deliveries in the city over the next 12 months. It is a first-of-its-kind project with an objective to pilot and rigorously analyse the performance of EVs for urban deliveries. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsParticipants in the pilot working group include ecommerce firms like Amazon, Bigbasket, Flipkart, Grofers, Uber Eats and Zomato, while vehicle aggregators and logistics firms such as Amplus Solar, Areon, Blue Dart Express, DOT, Efleet Logix and GATI. Among electric vehicles manufacturers, there are Altigreen PL, Euler Motors, Evy Mobility, Hero Electric, Jitendra EV, Li-ions Elektrik, Mahindra Electric, Onnbikes, Shigan Evoltz, Tata Motors, Tork Motors and Va-yu. Charge Station Providers include Delta Group, Magenta Power, Charge-Zone, Sun Mobility while in DISCOMs, BSES Rajdhani Power, BSES Yamuna Power, Tata Power Limited have participated. At the announcement of the pilot, Transport Minister of Delhi, Gahlot, “Delhi government believes electric vehicles (EVs) are the future and it’s time to bring this future into the present. To make life easier and better for the common man, it is critical that the cost of EVs comes down. We are willing to work with all stakeholders in the industry and resolve any hurdles that they face in the roll out of EVs in the city.” Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson of DDC-Delhi, added, “Delhi aims to become the EV capital of India. Electrification of final mile delivery vehicles has the potential to kick-start the transition to EVs in the city. We expect this pilot to pave the way for other market segments and are committed to its success.”last_img