To enable faster adoption of electric vehicles and to create employment/ income opportunities across the country, the Ministry of Power (MOP) has revised the earlier guidelines and standards of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Government of India (GOI) have taken multiple initiatives to promote the manufacturing and adoption of electric vehicles in India. Electric vehicles have entered in the Indian market. However, the availability of adequate charging infrastructure is the key requirement for accelerated adoption of electric vehicles in India.
Revised Guidelines and Standards
In the view of above, MOP has superseded the earlier guidelines and standards with the new ones. Individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations if they meet technical as well as performance standards. The charging station will be available in a grid of 9 sq. meter for 9 cities. Further, one charging station is to be set up at every 25 km on each side of 11 highways in the country.
A two-phase infrastructure setup plan
The setting up of Electric Vehicle Public Charging Infrastructure will be carried out in two-phase. In the 1st phase, all mega cities with a population of 4 million plus as per census 2011, all existing expressways connected with each of these Mega cities shall be taken up for coverage. In the 2nd phase big cities like state capitals, UT headquarters shall be covered for distributed and demonstrative effects. Further, important highways connected with each of these Mega Cities shall be taken for coverage.
The Government of India is clear in its objective to proactively support in the creation of EV Charging infrastructure and eventually create a market for EV charging business.