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India has 10,76,420 EVs, 1,742 Public Charging Stations: Gadkari to Lok Sabha EVs

India has 10,76,420 EVs, 1,742 Public Charging Stations: Gadkari to Lok Sabha

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 31 Mar 2022, 11:17 pm

New Delhi: India has 10,76,420 Electronic Vehicles (EVs) as of 25-03-2022  as per Vahan 4 data, and a total of 1,742 Public Charging Stations (PCS), as per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), are operational in the country, as on 21-03-2022, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari told Lok Sabha on Thursday.

In order to boost the penetration of EVs, the Ministry of Power has issued “Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – the revised consolidated Guidelines and Standards” on 14.01.2022 to accelerate the E-Mobility transition in the country.  

Under the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase-II (FAME India Phase II) of the Ministry of Heavy Industries, 2877 public EV charging stations have been sanctioned in 68 cities.  

Action Plans have been prepared by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for 8 cities with a 4 million-plus population (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat, and Pune).

Under these Action Plans, scenario-wise targets have been prepared for Business as Usual (BAU), Moderate and Aggressive Scenarios for the installation of chargers in these cities.

Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) had invited proposals from any Govt Organization/Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) (State/Central)/Govt DISCOM/ Oil Public Sector Undertaking and similar other Public/Private entities to build and operate Public EV charging infrastructure on Expressways and National Highways under FAME India Scheme Phase-II for Highways & Expressways, wherein PSU Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), in consortium with Convergence Energy Services Ltd. (a subsidiary of EESL), has been awarded the work for setting up of EV charging stations along 16 NH/Expressways.

 In order to facilitate EESL in the above prospect, NHAI has signed an MOU with EESL.

As per this MoU, NHAI shall provide space/land near toll plazas and its buildings for the installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, based on the revenue sharing model, subject to an agreeable amount to NHAI and EESL.

As part of the Wayside Amenities (WSAs), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also awarded 39 such facilities for development.