Electric vehicles may soon be charged at homes, offices
- The Indian government has outlined a new policy regarding the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
- In a push to boost EV sales in India, charging stations will be installed in bigger cities with over 4 million residents, which include Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Surat.
- Private EV charging stations are free to be set up in homes/ offices for internal use. However, public charging stations will be required to have at least 3 fast chargers, one each of Combined Charging System, Charge de Move and Type-2 AC outlets.
- Then, these stations will also have to have regular (slow) charging points which include Bharat DC-001 and Bharat AC-001 connections.
- In the 9 aforementioned cities, there will be at least one EV charging station every 3 km in the city and every 25 km on expressways. Some examples of the latter include the roads between Mumbai-Pune, Ahmedabad-Vadodara, Delhi-Agra, Surat-Mumbai, Agra-Lucknow and Delhi-Agra.
- Moving on, EV charging stations will now be de-licensed, meaning that they can be setup up more easily and at a faster pace. Also, these stations will be prioritised for giving an electricity connection by the distributing agency.