Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) plans to set up 200 more charging stations in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) area in the next three months to cater to shared mobility services.
“We are laying out charging infrastructure, starting in Delhi/NCR region and in 10 other cities in the country. We have put up 55 charging stations in New Delhi area. We are going to increase this to 200, largely in South Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and some other parts of Delhi that we are looking at in the next three months," Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director of EESL told Mint.
Towards this, Kumar said that locations with very high footfall such as Connaught Place, Khan Market, among others have been selected, keeping in mind that the largest set of consumers will be from the shared mobility space offered by taxi aggregators.
The push towards electric mobility has always been the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) priority, including its first tenure, keeping in mind to curb pollution as well as reduce India’s dependence on oil imports. NDA’s first Union Budget in its second consecutive term, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several incentives for give more push to electric mobility, including income tax rebate for buyers, bringing down import duty on certain parts of electric vehicles, among others, to make India a manufacturing hub of electric vehicles.
As far as demand is concerned, EESL, which is a joint venture of public sector units (PSUs) under power ministry expects a surge in shared mobility due to the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles or FAME 2 scheme that aims to expand commercial vehicle fleet.
“Demand will grow slowly. It will possibly not grow in the personal segment. But certainly because of the FAME II subsidy, the shared mobility will see a surge," Kumar said.