BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. (BRPL) has commissioned its first smart public charging station the ‘Blue Smart Charger’ for electric vehicles in South Extension Part 2.
The smart charging station, which can charge two vehicles simultaneously has been set up in partnership between BRPL, Gensol Charge Ltd. and Techperspect. Satyendra Jain, Delhi Power Minister inaugurated the station at the BSES Grid-Sub Station in South Extension 2.
Amal Sinha, BRPL CEO said, “Along with promoting renewable power in a big way, we are now gearing up to aggressively push the case of electric vehicles and their charging. For this, we are engaging with key stakeholders and domain experts to evolve strategies and framework to create an ecosystem for the promotion of E-mobility. As part of this resolve, we have also started inducting a fleet of electric cars and partnering organisations to set-up a network of e charging stations – both for the captive use and for our consumers.”
The smart charging stations has been set-up with an ‘analytic platform’, which will help EV owners get a seamless online experience. Through the ElectreeFi Mobile App, a consumer can locate the nearest charging station, make an advance online booking and even pay online.
As part of this endeavour, BSES has entered into partnerships with several organisations to set-up over 150 smart EV charging stations across its licensed area. Of this, around 50 smart EV charging stations will be set-up in FY 2019-20.
According to the discom, the tentative total cost of charging, including the cost of electricity (as per DERC tariff) and the overheads (parking charges, recovery of equipment cost, etc) is expected to be between Rs 160-Rs 200 for a full charge. This translates into a Rs 1.60 to Rs 1.80 cost per km, which is extremely competitive compared to petrol, diesel, and even CNG vehicles. Thus a user can save substantially per km on an electric vehicle. Apart from this, using an electric vehicle is also expected to cut down over 8 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.