(File photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
(File photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Power ministry revises guidelines for setting up charging infra for EVs

  • A phase-wise installation of a network of charging infrastructure throughout the country has been envisaged in the new guidelines
  • In the first phase (1-3 years), all mega cities with a population of over 4 mn and highways connected with each of these mega cities may be taken up for coverage

New Delhi: To reduce range anxiety amongst potential customers regarding electric vehicles, union government will install one electric vehicle charging station after every four kilometers in cities and twenty five kilometers on both ways of highways connecting to these cities. On Friday, Ministry of Power revised the guidelines for setting up charging stations in the country, to increase availability of charging-related infrastructure in the next decade.

The plan to increase charging infrastructure will go through different phases wherein the mega cities with a population of over 4 million and highways connected to these cities will be considered in the first one- to three-year period. Subsequently, in the second phase within three to five years period, big cities like state capitals, union territory headquarters may be covered for distributed and demonstrative effect.

The government will also install separate charging stations for heavy electric vehicles like buses or trucks after every 100 kilometres on both sides of highways.

“In order to address the range of issues of the electric vehicle owners, a phase-wise installation of an appropriate network of charging infrastructure throughout the country has been envisaged in the guidelines ensuring that at least one charging station should be available in a grid of 3 Km X 3 Km in the cities and one charging station at every 25 Km on both sides of highways/roads," said Power Minister R.K. Singh.

Lack of charging infrastructure is one of the main reasons behind poor adoption of electric mobility in India. As the State Transport Units (STUs) have started operating electric busses on different routed lack of charging infrastructure has proven to be a significant road block.

“To address the concerns in inter-city travel and long range and/or heavy duty electric vehicles it has been provided that fast charging station for long range and/or heavy duty EVs like buses/trucks etc, shall be installed at every 100 Kms, shall be installed one on each side of the highways/road located preferably within/alongside the Public Charging Station (PCS) mentioned above," he added.

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