Delhi to add 131 electric vehicle charging stations: Report

Delhi is reportedly gearing up to add 131 electric vehicle charging stations for public to address the concern of EV buyers and make charging facility easily accessible to the people.

Plan approved by power ministry and the Delhi government reveals that 33 EV charging facilities will be set up at Metro stations, 34 at CNG stations, 24 at Indian Oil petrol pumps, 15 at Bharat Petroleum fuel stations, 9 at Hindustan Petroleum pumps and one each will be set up in the parking area of T-3 at IGI Airport and Jamia Millia.

TOI citing sources reports that the government wants the facilities to be made operational in three months. In February this year the Centre with municipal authorities and the Delhi government at a meeting chaired by power minister R K Singh decided to make three municipal corporations and Delhi Transco Ltd nodal agencies for their respective areas.

The EV charging facilities will be operated by the nodal agencies for three years and will charge a fee from users.

The government expects private players to set up similar charging stations at a later stage when the business becomes financially viable.

government expect major push to sale of EVs in the Capital as the government departments in Delhi is gearing up to procure or hire more EVs and major car makers are likely to launch high range electric vehicles in July.

Alekhya Datta, fellow and area convener of TERI speaking to the publication said “One of the reasons why people think twice before buying an electric car is ‘range anxiety’ — the apprehension they would have no option to recharge in case the vehicle runs out of battery. The government is trying to address that concern. The skeleton of charging network will bring confidence as one can be sure of getting a charging station in a few km range. More stations will come up as demand goes up.

The charging stations will be strategically installed so that it can cater to the need of electric vehicles coming from Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad.

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