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In EV push, govt allows owners to charge vehicles under existing electricity connection

According to the Ministry of Power, these new guidelines and standards will enable a faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable charging infra and eco-system.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: January 18, 2022 18:01 IST
The guidelines have been made technology agnostic by
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The guidelines have been made technology agnostic by providing for not only the prevailing international charging standards available in the market but also the new Indian charging standards.

Highlights

  • Owners of EV can charge their vehicle at home or offices using existing electricity connections
  • A revenue sharing model has been put in place for land used for the charging infrastructure
  • The ministry said Charging stations shall be provided connection within seven days in metro cities

The Centre's new guidelines for electric vehicle charging infrastructure now allow owners to charge their vehicles at their residences or offices using existing electricity connections. The new 'revised consolidated guidelines and standards' for electric vehicle charging infrastructure were promulgated by the Centre.

According to the Ministry of Power, these new guidelines and standards will enable a faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable charging infra and eco-system. This would also promote energy security and reduction of emission intensity of the country by promotion of entire EV ecosystem.

Rohit  Mehta, Managing Director Akasa Finance Private Limited, said that owing to the surge in fuel costs and talks about a sustainable future, there has been significant growth in the market for electric vehicles. 

"The government has laid down an extensive plan under a portal called e-Amrit to support faster manufacture and adoption of EVs and its allied infrastructure such as batteries and charging stations in India. Furthermore, the electric vehicle manufacturing industry is predominantly financed by non-banking lenders and angel investors in India. These lenders realize that the EV industry will flourish exponentially in the future and are creditworthy considering the increasing affordability of the vehicles and the bullish trends of EV companies," he said.

Besides, these guidelines are exhaustive and include provisions for individual owners of electric vehicles and for 'Public Charging Stations' (PCS). The guidelines outline requirements for 'Public Charging Infrastructure' for long range and heavy duty EVs. Any individual or entity is free to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license provided that, such stations meet the technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols laid down under the guidelines.

Further, the guidelines have been made technology agnostic by providing for not only the prevailing international charging standards available in the market but also the new Indian charging standards.

Moreover, in order to address the challenge of making a charging station financially viable in the period of growth of EVs, a revenue sharing model has been put in place for land used for the charging infra. "Land available with the government or public entities shall be provided for installation of 'Public Charging Stations' to a government or public entity on a revenue sharing basis for installation of 'Public Charging Station' at a fixed rate of Rs 1 per kWh (used for charging) to be paid to the Land-Owning Agency from such PCS business payable on quarterly basis."

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"Such revenue sharing agreement may be initially entered by parties for a period of 10 years. The Revenue Sharing Model may also be adopted by the public Land-owning agency for providing the land to a private entity for installation of Public Charging Stations on bidding basis with floor price of Rs 1 per kWh."

In addition, the ministry said the guidelines mandate that Public Charging Station (PCS) shall be provided connection within seven days in metro cities, fifteen days in other municipal areas and thirty days in rural areas. "Within these timelines, the distribution licensees shall provide new connection or modify an existing connection."

"The tariff for supply of electricity to public EV charging stations shall be a single part tariff and shall not exceed the "Average Cost of Supply" till 31st March, 2025. The same tariff shall be applicable for Battery Charging Station (BCS). The tariff applicable for domestic consumption shall be applicable for domestic charging.

(With IANS inputs) 

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