678 new public EV charging stations in 9 cities in 4 months
New Delhi, Feb. 19 (Delhi Crown): The Government of India has issued revised consolidated guidelines and standards for EVs charging infrastructure even as electric vehicles (EVs) have started penetrating the country’s auto-market.
As per the revised guidelines, the federal government is trying to provide an affordable tariff chargeable by public EV charging station operators, and enabling EVs owners to charge vehicles at their residences or offices using their existing electricity connections.
A revenue sharing model has been suggested for land use to make a public charging station financially viable from an operational perspective. Timelines have been prescribed for providing connectivity to the Public Charging Station (PCS) for faster rollout of EV public charging.
Besides, technical requirements for public charging stations have been elaborated.
According to an official statement issued on Feb. 19, the Government of India has undertaken multiple initiatives to promote the manufacturing and adoption of EVs in the country. With the considerable expansion in the public EV charging infrastructure, the EVs have started penetrating the Indian market, said the statement.
Many private organisations have also come forward to install EV charging stations to develop convenient charging network grid to gain consumers’ confidence.
Federal Ministry of Power (MoP) has planned that charging stations should be in an area of 3×3 kilometre grid.
Currently, India has a total of 1640 operational public EV chargers. Out of which, 9 cities (Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai) account for approximately 940 stations.
Recently, the Government has increased its focus initially on these nine mega cities (with population of over 4 million). The aggressive efforts undertaken by the government through various implementing agencies have resulted in rapid growth in deployment of public EV charging infrastructure.
There has been additional installation of 678 public EV charging stations between October 2021 to January 2022 in these nine cities, which is about 2.5 times of the earlier numbers, during the same period. This has exhibited greater confidence among the consumers to shift towards electric mobility.
After the saturation of EV infrastructure in these mega cities, the Government has plans to expand the coverage to other cities in a phased manner.