April 1, 2023

In EV push, govt eases rules to set up charging stations | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday powered up the EV (electric vehicles) charging ecosystem by allowing any individual or entity to set up public charging stations (PCS) without any licensing.
It cleared the way for EV owners to charge their vehicles at home or offices from existing connections at domestic tariffs. The revised guidelines and standards for EV charging issued by the power ministry opened the doors for offering government land to government or public agencies and private entities for setting up PCS on a revenue-sharing basis.
The move is an element of India’s plan to reduce the transport sector’s carbon footprint in line with its COP26 commitment. It will boost EV charging network plans of a slew of private and public sector companies, including Reliance-BP, Tata Power, Ola, IndianOil, among others.
The liberalised norms will attract individuals and startups in the sector, which is expected to create livelihood opportunities and lead to mushrooming of PCS just like puncture repair shops — removing range anxiety.
The guidelines lay down the target of one PCS in every three-square-km grid in mega cities and every 25 kms on connecting highways in the next three years. State capitals and their connecting highways are to be covered in the next 3-5 years.
According to the new regulations, government or public agencies will be offered such land for a fixed payment of Re 1 per unit of electricity used for charging to the landowning agency in line with a 10-year model revenue-share agreement.
For private entities, such land will be offered through bidding with a Re 1 per unit revenue share as the floor.

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