970 Government Funded Public EV Charging Station Installed in India so far

Answering questions on progress made by Power Ministry in establishing the EV charging stations in India, RK Singh has detailed the initiatives of the Power Ministry and that 970 public stations have been installed so far.

EV Charging Stations in India

EESL EV Charging Station in Connaught Place, New Delhi

Answering a question raised in the Rajya Sabha on the progress made by government-backed agencies in establishing the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure of India, Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh has detailed initiatives of the central government/ Power Ministry and the progress made so far – reporting a total of 970 installed public stations in the country.

The Ministry of Power had issued the “Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV) – Revised Guidelines and Standards” on October 1, 2019. The guidelines provide that the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) shall create and maintain a national online database of all the Public Charging Stations through Discoms.

The power minister stated that Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), Power Grid Corporation Ltd (PGCIL), and NTPC all under the executive control of the Ministry of Power have been engaged in the installation of Public Charging Stations (PCS) in the country. 

He detailed that NTPC has installed 140 Public Charging Stations, EESL has installed 141 Public Charging Stations, and that PGCIL has installed 14 EV Charging Stations across India, so far. In addition, various Central Public Sector – Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have installed a total of 289 Charging Stations across the country. 

Furthermore, 386 EV Charging Stations have been installed through the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) under Phase I of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme. Bringing the total number of stations installed at 970, so far. In addition to these, DHI has also sanctioned 2877 EV Charging Stations across 25 States/UTs under the FAME India scheme Phase II.

When asked about whether EV charging stations are being operationalised along highways, the minister stated that as per the 2019 guidelines the density of Public Charging Stations (PCSs) at Highways/Expressways has been envisaged as at least one public charging station at every 25 Km on both sides of highways and one Fast Charging Station for long-range Electric Vehicles (EVs) and/or heavy-duty EVs at every 100 km, one on each side of highways/road.

And that so far NTPC has installed 4 Charging Stations along various Highways and various Central Public Sector – Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have installed 80 EV Charging Stations along various highways.

Beyond that, various entities like Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Ltd. (REIL) has reported 47 Public Charging Station (PCS) along various Highways, the Government of Maharashtra has reported 4 PCS along Mumbai-Pune expressway, Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd. has reported 1 PCS along NH-58, Pashchim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. has reported 01 PCS along National Highways (NH)-27 and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. has reported 3 PCS along NH-47, State Highway (SH)-49 and NH-4.

The minister also stated that the DHI has issued Expression of Interest (EoI) Inviting Proposals for availing incentives under FAME India Scheme Phase II for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure on highways /expressways. The EoI provides for the installation of a total of 1544 Public Charging Stations across 25 highways/ expressways as per the same density requirement given in the 2019 guidelines.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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