West Bengal Planning for 241 EV Charging Stations in the State

WBSEDCL has forwarded a proposal to the Ministry of Power for setting up of 241 EV charging stations in West Bengal at a cost of Rs 125 crore.

West Bengal EV Charging

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) has revealed that it has forwarded a proposal to the Ministry of Power for setting up of 241 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in West Bengal at an upfront installation cost of Rs 125 crore.

“A reasonable investment is required for setting up charging stations. Space identification is required and putting one charging station with five to six chargers including fast chargers involve an investment in the range of Rs 30 to 50 lakh. We are doing a study with The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) for determining the exact location for EV charging infrastructure,” said A.N. Biswas, commissioner of state power department at a seminar on ‘Future Mobility’ organised by The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

According to the proposal, nearly half of these charging stations (116) will come up in the state and national highways at a distance of around 25 km each.

A charging station not only requires chargers but also putting up of infrastructure like arrangement of space, cabling work, civil work and safety measures. The Centre is ready to provide 100 percent subsidy for the chargers but the second aspect that is infrastructure that is borne by the state is almost half the total cost of the charging station. It is not easy for the distribution companies to infuse funds. “We have to take into account the fact that setting up of charging stations initially will be loss-making and will pick up only when more and more electric vehicles will come into play,” a senior official in the state Power department told reporters.

A senior TERI official suggested that the electricity regulatory commission has to come up with differential tariff in peak and off-peak hours to manage the impact on the grid as more and more electric vehicles will come into fray in the days to come. In the next year, some noted car manufactures in the country are all set to roll out electric vehicles at an affordable cost and it is expected that people will opt for more such vehicles.

In August, we reported that the West Bengal Urban Development Ministry is planning to introduce a new policy for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state. And that the state government is also planning to introduce 500 electric buses under the second phase fo the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India) scheme.

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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.