There are roughly 200 million vehicles which currently ply India's roads, of which less than one percent are electric vehicles. By 2040 it is estimated that India could be home to 31 million EVs. To keep this fleet running, widespread electric vehicle charging infrastructure is required. With the government's target of achieving 30% e-mobility by 2030, we not only need to ramp up efforts in EV manufacturing, but also ensure that there are adequate charging stations in the country.
Government’s Initiative to tackle the hurdles for adoption of EVs
The major barrier in EV adoption is the unavailability of public charging infrastructure (PCS). To overcome this, the Government of India has released guidelines for charging infrastructure for EVs on 14 December 2018, with a proposal to cover 70 cities and 20% of highways at a cost of INR 5,000 crores by 2025. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has been provided the mandate to procure electric vehicles and establish charging stations across the country. EESL has been actively playing a role in promoting the adoption and deployment of EVs by installing EV chargers in the country.
In a bid to achieve government’s goal, several states in India have also released draft/final policies for promoting the adoption of EVs. Installation of public charging stations (PCS) would help in taking considerable strides towards creation of a sustainable EV ecosystem in states across India. This would help meet the state level targets of increasing adoption of EVs. EESL in association with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the bilateral programme with the Ministry of Power (MoP) is developing and implementing a scalable business model for public charging stations (PCS) to support the EV fleet in the country.
EESL’s National E-Mobility Programme of EESL was launched on March 7, 2018 by the Hon'ble Minister of Power & New and Renewable Energy with the goal to provide an impetus for Indian EV manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators, service providers, etc. The programme is helping gain efficiencies of scale and driving down costs, creating local manufacturing facilities, and growing technical competencies for the long-term growth of the electric vehicle (EV) industry in India. Under this programme, EESL has signed MoU/Agreement with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Noida Authority, Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (CMRCL), Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRCL), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Commissioner, Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA), New Town Kolkata Development Authority and Kalinga University Raipur (Chhattisgarh), etc. for development of Public Charging Stations (PCS) in their respective areas. Till date, 68 nos. of Public Charging Stations (PCS) complying with DC-001 (15kW) have been commissioned.
Benefits Expected to be Accrued to the City by Installing Public charging stations (PCS)
Benefits of taking EESL as Partner in Installing Public charging stations (PCS)
Meeting state objectives of creating EV ecosystem
Extensive experience in EV ecosystem
Increased adoption of electric vehicles
Competitive and affordable charges to end consumers
Reduced air pollution
Extensive experience of working with city municipalities and state governments
Ensuring an additional revenue stream from existing assets