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RK Singh approves amendments to EV charging guidelines

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New Delhi: In a major decision to give a boost to Electric Vehicles (EVs), Power Minister RK Singh has approved amendments in EV charging guidelines and specifications. These revised guidelines shall supersede the earlier guidelines and standards issued by the Ministry of Power on December 14 last year.

‘Revised EV charging guidelines more consumer-friendly’

Speaking about the decision, Singh said that revised guidelines are more consumer-friendly as they incorporate a number of suggestions received from various stakeholders. “We have tried to address the concerns of EV owners in new guidelines,” he said and hoped that the revised guidelines will encourage faster adoption of EVs in India.

Phase-wise installation of infrastructure

In order to address the range of issues faced by EV owners, a phase-wise installation of an appropriate network of EV charging infrastructure throughout the country has been envisaged in the guidelines. The rulebook seeks to ensure that there is at least one charging station in a grid of 3 Km X 3 Km in cities and one charging station at every 25 Km on both sides of highways/roads.

Phase I will focus on mega cities

It has been envisaged that in the first phase (ie 1-3 years) all mega cities with a population of 4 million-plus as per census 2011, all existing expressways connected to these mega cities and important highways connected with each of these mega cities may be taken up for coverage. In the second phase (3-5 years), big cities like state capitals, UT headquarters may be covered for distributed and demonstrative effect. Further, important highways connected with each of these mega cities may also be taken up for coverage.

To address concerns in inter-city travel and long-range and/or heavy-duty EVs, it has been provided that fast-charging station for long-range and/or heavy-duty EVs like buses/trucks etc., shall be installed at every 100 Km on each side of the highways/road located preferably within/alongside the Public Charging Station (PCS) mentioned above.

Private charging will be permitted

Assuming that most of the charging of EVs would take place at homes or at offices where the decision of using Fast or Slow chargers would rest on the consumers, it has been clarified in the guidelines that private charging at residences/offices shall be permitted and DISCOMs may facilitate the same.

Setting up of public infrastructure shall be de-licensed

As far as the Public Charging Stations (PCS) are concerned, it has already been clarified by Ministry of Power that setting up of PCS shall be a de-licensed activity and any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations, which has also been reiterated in the guidelines, subject to the conditions as specified in the Guidelines

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under Ministry of Power has been nominated as the Central Nodal Agency. Further, a provision for State Nodal Agency for the respective states has been provided for in the Guidelines.
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