Tata Power looking to setup EV chargers in Delhi: Report

Tata Power is reportedly looking to set up EV chargers in the national capital in a bid to propel the ambitious plan of the city toward cleaner vehicles.

According to Bloomberg the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. has written to the local government showing its interest in setting up charging stations for EVs and has requested land to build the infrastructure.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Kumar Banga  in an interview with the publication said “Delhi has a power surplus, even as demand has plateaued due to energy-efficient devices and consumers opting for rooftop solar or open access, he added, setting up charging stations would help boost power demand and raise revenue.

The publication notes that the company could offer cheaper rates for charging during off-peak hours, which could translate into the cost per kilometer for electric vehicles falling to as little as 0.30 rupees.

The last of charging stations has been considered as biggest hurdle in the EV adoption in India.

Last year in November the Delhi government came out with its draft electric vehicles policy, targeting 25 per cent of all new vehicle registrations to be electric by 2023 through the subsidy for such autos, rickshaws and two-wheelers, among others.

It also recommends strengthening infrastructure to provide battery charging access within 3 km range from anywhere in Delhi while additional fees on non-electric vehicles will fund the bulk of corpus created to incentivise the adoption of electric cars.

Electric vehicle (EV) makers body SMEV appreciating the draft EV policy unveiled by the Delhi government said it addresses some major concerns that are required to combat vehicular air pollution in the national capital.

“EV industry welcomes the government’s vision towards adopting a cleaner mode of transportation. The policy addresses some of the major concerns that are required to bring an EV revolution in the city,” said  Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in November last year.