Government land, home connections unlocked to put EV charging in the fast lane | India News

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday powered up the EV (electric vehicle) charging ecosystem by allowing any person or entity to set up public charging stations (PCS) without any license and paved the way for EV owners to charge their vehicles at home or at the office from existing connections at national rates.
A revised guideline and standards for electric vehicle charging issued by the Department of Energy paved the way for government land to be offered to government or public agencies and private entities for the establishment of PCS on the basis of revenue sharing.
The move is part of India’s plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector in line with the COP26 commitment. It will boost the electric vehicle charging network plans of a host of private and public sector companies including Reliance-BP, Tata Power, Ola, IndianOil, Hindustan Petroleum and state-owned Convergence Energy Services Ltd.
Liberalized standards will attract individuals and industry start-ups, which should create livelihood opportunities and lead to the proliferation of PCS, as will puncture repair shops, removing range anxiety, the biggest obstacle to the rapid adoption of electric vehicles.
The guidelines set the target of one PCS within a 3 square km grid in megacities and every 25 km on connecting highways over the next three years. State capitals and their connecting highways are to be covered within the next 3-5 years.
According to the settlement, the government or public agencies will be offered such land for a fixed payment of Re 1 per unit of electricity used for billing to the agency owning the land in accordance with a model revenue sharing agreement of 10 years included in the regulations. . For private entities, these lands will be offered by tender with a revenue share of 1 Re per unit as a floor.
State governments will set the service charge cap for PCS, but the regulations capped the electricity rate for stations at “no more than the average cost of supply” through March 2025. The same tariff will be applicable for battery charging stations. PCS operators will be free to use open access to source electricity from any supplier of their choice.
Although there is no licensing requirement, the PCS must be technology independent and adhere to global and Indian standards set by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency or notified by the Central Electricity Authority.
The guidelines also set time limits for providing new electrical connections or modifying existing ones to the PCS in accordance with electricity (consumer rights) rules – seven days in metropolitan cities, 15 days in other municipal areas and 30 days in rural areas.