With an aim to provide further fillip to e-mobility in the country, government has approved 2,636 new electric vehicles (EVs) charging stations in 62 cities across 24 states and union territories under the phase-II of FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Prakash Javadekar said.
Out of the total 2,636 charging stations, the Department of Heavy Industries has allotted 317 EV charging stations in Maharashtra, 266 in Andhra Pradesh, 256 in Tamil Nadu, 228 in Gujarat, 205 in Rajasthan, 207 in Uttar Pradesh, 172 in Karnataka, 159 in Madhya Pradesh, 141 in West Bengal, 138 in Telangana, 131 in Kerala, 72 in Delhi, 70 in Chandigarh, 50 in Haryana, 40 in Meghalaya, 37 in Bihar, 29 in Sikkim, 25 each in Jammu & Kashmir and Chhattisgarh, 20 in Assam, 18 in Odisha and 10 each in Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Himachal Pradesh.
However, the sanction letters to selected organisations will be issued in phases after ensuring the availability of land for charging stations, signing of necessary agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with concerned partner organisations such as city municipal corporation, Discoms and oil companies, the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises has said.
Subsequently, each selected public entity is required to initiate the procurement process in a time-bound manner for the deployment of these sanctioned EV charging stations.
The Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also said that in future, at least one EV charging station will be available in most of the selected cities in a grid of 4 Km X 4 km.
The minister further added that it will boost the confidence of EV users and also encourage the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to launch the new EV models due to the lack of charging infrastructure.
Earlier, the Department of Heavy Industry had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from million-plus cities, smart cities, state and union territory capitals and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for availing incentives under phase-II of FAME India scheme for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure within cities.
In response thereof, about 106 proposals were received from the public and private entities for the deployment of about 7,000 EV charging stations. Post evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) the Government sanctioned 2,636 EV charging stations to 62 cities submitted by 19 public entities for 24 states.
Out of these 2,636 charging stations, 1,633 will be fast-charging stations while the remaining 1,003 will be slow charging stations. With this, about 14,000 chargers will be installed across the selected cities.