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India will soon have 22,000 new EV charging stations in cities and highways

The Department of Energy has announced a mega plan to expand the EV charging ecosystem in the country. The revised guidelines were published in January. Now the government has set out the current status of the EV charging ecosystem and its immediate plans to improve the EV buyer experience. Also read – BPCL Introduces EV Fast Charging Corridor on Major Indian Highway: View Details

To realize more charging stations, Oil Marketing Companies announced the creation of 22,000 EV charging stations in prominent cities and on state highways across the country. Of the 22,000 electric vehicle charging stations, 10,000 will be installed by IOCL, 7,000 will be installed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) and the rest of the 5,000 will be installed by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL). Also read – Canopus introduces four new electric scooters in India: view the launch timeline

IOCL has already installed 439 EV charging stations and plans to install another 2,000 EV charging stations next year. BPCL has installed 52 charging stations, while HPCL has installed 382 charging stations. Also read – Indian EV company Battery Smart achieves 10-lakh battery change milestone

In addition, the Department of Heavy Industry recently sanctioned 1,576 public charging stations for 25 freeways and freeways that will be within every 25 km of range on both sides of these freeways and freeways.

The Ministry of Energy (MoP) has planned that charging stations should be located in an area of ​​3×3 km grid. Currently, India has a total of 1640 operational public EV chargers. Of which 9 cities (Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai) account for about 940 stations.

According to the ministry, the government plans to initially focus on 9 megacities (with a population of more than 4 million). These cities include Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

These are the previously announced guidelines:

l. Provide an affordable rate charged by public operators and owners of EV charging stations and owners of electric vehicles.

ii. Enable electric vehicle owners to charge electric vehicles in their homes or offices using their existing electrical connections.

iii. For land use, a revenue-sharing model has been proposed to make a public charging station operationally financially viable.

iv. Timelines are prescribed for providing connectivity to the Public Charging Station (PCS) for a faster rollout of public EV charging.

v. Technical requirements for public charging stations have been worked out.

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