The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates and manages the airport in the Capital city of India, has deployed 57 Electric Vehicles (EVs), the first airport in the country to do so. The move is intended to reduce carbon emissions.
As per reports, DIAL aims to replace all diesel and petrol-run vehicles in a phased manner. The move is part of the Green Transportation Program that DIAL announced earlier during the World Environment Day this year. This measure will reduce approximately 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
In the first phase, DIAL has placed an order for 64 EVs for its airside and landside operations. Of these, 57 have already been deployed while the remaining seven are expected soon. For smooth transition, DIAL has also set up 12 charging stations with 22 charging points across the airport. Delhi airport has also facilitated the use of electric buses for the transportation of passengers between Terminal 3 and the Passenger Transport Centre (PTC) building.
Green Transportation programme aims at enabling DIAL the swift transition to green mobility, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will enable Delhi Airport to become a “Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport” (NZCEA) by 2030. Delhi airport is the country’s largest airport and is operated by DIAL, a GMR Airports Infrastructure Ltd-led consortium.
Delhi has been at the forefront of electric mobility transition with the Delhi government promoting EVs through subsidies and easy adoption of infrastructure. Recently, the Delhi government announced adding 100 more charging stations across the city in the next two months. Delhi is also the frontrunner in EV adoption with 10 percent of all vehicles sold in the state being EVs this year.