With the rising number of EVs on the road as well as the huge pipeline of models yet to be launched, the central government’s mission to minimize vehicular pollution is on the right track. While charging EVs was a concern in the initial days, thanks to the proliferation of charging stations, it has become much easier now. The guidelines and measures for EV charging infrastructure were issued in Dec’18 and generated much enthusiasm in the market. However, after re-examining a number of suggestions from various collaborators, the government decided to revise the guidelines to stay aligned to market demands.
Objectives of the Revised Guidelines
- Spur EV adoption in the country by providing safe, dependable, economical and attainable charging infrastructure and ecosystem.
- Create income provisions for small entrepreneurs.
- Assist in installing EV infrastructure initially and then gradually establishing EV charging business market.
- Make the tariff affordable both for consumers and service providers.
- Make EV adoption viable, attractive and sustainable for all.
What Do The Revised Guidelines Include?
- Private charging at residences and offices is to be allowed.
- Everyone is free to set up public charging stations with no license requirement but should meet the norms mentioned by the ministry. On applying for connectivity required to establish public charging station, a person can obtain it on priority from the distribution company of his choice.
- At least 1 charging station to be constructed in a grid of 3km by 3km in cities and in every 25 km on highways on both sides of the road. Fast charging facilities will be provided every 100 km to help smooth intercity commuting.
- Bureau of Energy Efficiency would act as the central nodal agency for effective execution of the processes involved while state nodal agencies for respective states will act as facilitators.
- Distribution companies have to look after the residences and official complexes.
- Metro cities with connected expressways and important highways are to be considered in the first phase and then state capitals including UT headquarters shall be covered in 2nd phase for infrastructure.
- Installation of chargers of different kinds and standards are to be allowed at the charging hubs including those which may crop up in future.
- The tariff for domestic charging will be according to the current domestic consumption. But for PCS, the tariff for electricity supply will be as per the tariff policy under section 3 of the Electricity Act, 2003. As the government has decided EV charging is a service to be provided by the PCS, it will function to ensure that the consumers avail the same benefit as service providers.
- The Central Electricity Authority will be assigned for the national online database of the PCS.
With new guidelines coming into effect and newer EV models being launched by most of the large automobile companies, the EV sector in India is hopeful of seeing a surge in demand – a win-win for the sector and the environment!