New Delhi: Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) have signed an agreement to install 100 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Punjab. The two public sector undertakings (PSUs) have signed this 10-year-long Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the objective of building electric vehicle infrastructure in BSNL, Punjab Telecom Circle area and explore synergy for further promoting EVs, including electric two-wheelers in the state, an official statement said.
Under the MoU, EESL will make the entire upfront investment on services pertaining to the MoU, along with the operation and maintenance of the public charging infrastructure by using qualified personnel. BSNL would be responsible for providing the requisite space and power connections for installing the charging infrastructure, the statement said.
Venkatesh Dwivedi, Director (Projects), EESL said, "Developing a strong supporting EV infrastructure is the key to cultivating consumer confidence in electric vehicles and would significantly enhance consumer convenience as well. We are glad to partner with BSNL for synergistic action on setting up public charging infrastructure and services in Chandigarh."
Several states in India have released policies for promoting local adoption of EVs. With installation of public charging stations, the range anxiety among residents will reduce considerably, which would spur the proliferation of e-mobility. This would help meet the state level targets of increasing EV adoption as well and will help bring down emission levels, the statement said.
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EESL has commissioned 300 AC and 170 DC chargers across India, with 65 public charging points currently operational in Delhi NCR. EESL has also signed MoUs with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Noida Authority, Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration for development of Public Charging Stations in their respective areas.