- The Centre has given a go for setting up public charging stations (PCS) in government land to private entities
- Authorities aim to roll out PCS on a large scale in two phases
- All entity has been allowed to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license
- So far India has 9,47,876 registered electric vehicles but, it has only 1,028 PCS throughout the nation
The Union Power Ministry had given a nod and allowed the owners of the electric vehicle (EV) to charge their EVs at the existing electricity connections at homes or offices. “The tariff applicable for domestic consumption shall be applicable for domestic charging,” the guidelines read. Revising the guidelines for EVs, the government has given a go for setting up public charging stations (PCS) in government land to private entities through bidding.
As per the guidelines released on Friday, the government aims to roll out PCS on a large scale in two phases. All the megacities with a population of more than 4 million will be covered in the first phase. On the other hand, the second phase will cover the remaining big cities such as state capitals, Union Territory headquarters, and important highways connected with these cities. Additionally, the guidelines also point out the infrastructure requirement and prescribed standards for installing PCS.
All entity has been allowed to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license. However, all these stations need to meet the technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols laid down under the guidelines. The state governments have been given the authority to fix the ceiling of service charges to be levied by PCS. This has been allowed because some states have rolled out their EV policies under which they offer subsidies for purchasing an EV and for setting up charging stations.
So far India has 9,47,876 registered electric vehicles but, it has only 1,028 PCS throughout the nation. Meanwhile, the revised guidelines hold significance as India has a target of 30 percent EV sales penetration for private cars, 70 percent for commercial vehicles, 40 percent for buses, and 80 percent for two- and three-wheelers by 2030. Presently, only 2 to 3 e-car variants cost below Rs. 15 lakh whereas, two-wheelers have almost come at par with the existing petrol ones. The major drawback behind the low sale of EV vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure.
Till now, 14 states have released their EV policies including, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Bihar. To make charging stations financially viable, the government has also put in place a revenue-sharing model for the land used for public charging stations.