DHI Invites Proposals for Development of EV Charging Infra on Major Highways

DHI has invited proposals from entities that intend to build and operate EV charging infrastructure on major highways and expressways in the country.

The central government has invited proposals for installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations from entities that intend to build and operate EV charging infrastructure on major highways and expressways in the country. The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) has floated an Expression of Interest (EOI) for inviting proposals from government organisations, PSUs (State/Central), state-owned DISCOM, Oil PSUs and similar other public and private entities to build and operate Public EV charging infrastructure.

Proposals have been invited from interested entities to build and operate EV charging infrastructure on the Mumbai – Pune, Ahmedabad-Vadodara, Delhi – Agra Yamuna, Bengaluru – Mysore, Bengaluru – Chennai, Surat – Mumbai, Agra – Lucknow, Eastern Peripheral and Hyderabad-ORR Expressways.

Similarly, proposals have also been invited from entities for highways including Delhi – Srinagar, Delhi – Kolkata, Agra – Nagpur, Meerut to Gangotri Dham, Mumbai – Delhi, Mumbai – Panaji, Mumbai – Nagpur, Mumbai – Bengaluru and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar.

The last date for submission of proposals in response to the EOI is December 7, 2020. The selected developers/ installers will have a period of 9 months from the approval of the projects to complete the work on the installation of the chargers. A total of 1544 EV charging stations have been envisaged under the EOI to be deployed along more than 15,000 kms of highways and expressways.

As per the EOI, at least one charging station out of every four to have either a minimum of one 50-kW CCS II or CHAdeMO chargers alongside one 15-kW DC001 charger. The document also specifies for at least one charging station in every three to have a 100-kW charger.

Under Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme, the Government of India (GoI) intends to support the development of EV charging infrastructure by extending capital grant to organisations for promoting the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs).

The Centre has approved Phase-II of FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India], for 3 years commencing from 1st April 2019.

For more information click here. DHI EV Charging Highways

[Updated October 16, 2020]

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