Govt considering to provide subsidy for e-vehicle charging infrastructure:  A K Bhalla

Power Secretary A K Bhalla today said the government is considering providing subsidy for encouraging setting up of e-vehicle charging infrastructure under a policy, to be unveiled in coming days.

Bhalla was of the view that it is a chicken and egg story because charging stations would not be set up without enough e-vehicles and e-vehicles sales would not pick up unless there is enough facility to charge these vehicles.

“We are bringing a policy in consultation with heavy industries ministry that how these chargers can be established. Whether we need to support that with subsidy to begin with,” he said speaking at the launch of “#InnovateToINSPIRE: Creating Future Energy Solutions” by the World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI), and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

He further said, “E-mobility is an area where government has been working. We have clarified that for (setting up) charging infra does not need a licence as it is service oriented activity. In draft tariff policy, we have put certain policy statement for encouraging power supply to these charging stations. We have notified technical standards for charging infrastructure.”

Talking about UJALA scheme, he said it has led to huge savings as against the target to distribute 77 crore LED bulbs, 118 crore have already been distributed.

Source: PTI