The electric vehicle is the future of automotive industries. Almost all popular automotive makers are heading towards developing EV. In India, one of the major drawback to purchasing EV is the lack of charging stations. Without charging station no one will opt for the electric vehicles so the companies are trying to establish the charging stations as many as possible. Although, till now we cannot see a major progress in this field.
A few months earlier, it was declared that as per the Electricity Act 2003, charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) won’t need any kind of licences. To make major advancements in the e-vehicles progress, the Indian government will permit the individuals to set up EV charging points for the public without applying for licences. There is no strict rules or guidelines for establishing public charging stations.
However, the power ministry will control those stations and the owners have to follow some designations and execution measures set. In previous reports, companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Ola and Uber are said to be planning to establish electric vehicle charging infrastructure in India. Although, any of these companies have not started working on this project and focusing more on the development of EV’s.
In a recent report, a senior Government official claimed, “Setting up public charging stations shall be de-licensed and any individual is free (to set them up) provided the stations meet standards of the power ministry. The person should apply for connectivity and the distribution company is bound to provide connectivity. Obtaining electricity from open access is also permissible”.
He further added, “The person should apply for connectivity and the distribution company is bound to provide connectivity. Obtaining electricity from open access is also permissible. The state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) will fix tariffs for electricity supply from distribution companies to the charging stations at a ceiling of 15% over the average cost of supply. The tariff charged by charging stations from EV owners will reportedly also be capped by the state government.”
The Indian Government plans to establish charging stations for the EV owners. The stations are said to be set up every three kilometres. Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad can be the first to get the charging stations. For eliminating the charging issues, the government plans to build EV’s charging stations at every 25 km in some busiest national highways.
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