RK Singh Launches First-of-its-Kind EV Charging Plaza in Delhi

RK Singh Launches First-of-its-Kind EV Charging Plaza in Delhi

With a focus on enhancing energy efficiency and promoting e-mobility, RK Singh has inaugurated India’s first public EV charging plaza in New Delhi.

With a focus on enhancing energy efficiency and promoting e-mobility, Union Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh on July 20, 2020, inaugurated India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi.

While speaking at the occasion the minister said, “the EV charging plaza is a new avenue for making e-mobility ubiquitous and convenient in India. Such innovative initiatives are imperative for the creation of a robust e-mobility ecosystem in the country. My congratulations to both EESL and NDMC.”

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power is spearheading the EV ecosystem development in India by undertaking demand aggregation for procuring EVs and identifying innovative business models for implementation of Public Charging Station (PCS). The firm, in collaboration with NDMC, has established India’s first of its kind public EV charging plaza in Central Delhi. This plaza will host 5 EV chargers of different specifications.

Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power said, “the charging plaza, with its compatibility with a wide range of electric vehicles, will greatly spur e-mobility adoption. This would make EV charging hassle-free and convenient for the consumers, thereby making e-mobility adoption an attractive proposition.”

The power minister has also launched the “Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency” (RAISE) national programme. At the launch, he stated, “I believe the RAISE initiative can potentially alleviate the issue of bad air quality in workspaces across the nation and pioneer ways to make them healthier and greener. I look forward to the success of their programme and wish both EESL and USAID the best of luck for their future endeavours.”

Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of the COVID pandemic. As people return to their offices and public spaces, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity and overall public health. In that context, EESL has undertaken a retrofit of its office air-conditioning and ventilation system. This is a part of the larger initiative to “Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor air quality for Safety and Efficiency” developed for healthy and energy-efficient buildings, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE programme.

EESL’s corporate office in Scope Complex has been taken up as a pilot for this initiative. The pilot focuses on improving indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, and energy efficiency (EE) in the EESL office’s air conditioning system.

As per EESL, the pilot project has shown very impressive results – about 80 percent improvement in Air Quality parameters with almost no implementation hassles. Considering employee’s occupational health and safety is paramount in any workplace amidst the COVID-19 scenario, EESL is keen to provide such solutions across the country with standardisation and demand aggregation approach.

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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.