Government considers tightening fuel efficiency norms to promote electric vehicles
The central government is planning to install an electric vehicle charging station at every there kilometres in the cities that has a population of over 10 lakh and at every 50 kilometres on national highways.
An Economic Times report said that the government would offer fiscal incentives and facilitate land from municipal authorities for those interested in setting up the infrastructure. The lack of infrastructure is usually the main hurdle in the acceptance of electric vehicles.
Citing a senior government official, the report stated, “30,000 slow charging and 15,000 fast-charging stations will be required to be put up in a phase-wise manner in the next 3-5 years."
The official added that there should be at least two high-charge points and one fast-charging point at every three kilometres in cities and a similar station every 50 kilometres on busy national highways.
The land will be provided by the government to the companies installing the stations after a consultation with the local authorities. The task of identifying the location for a station will also be completed after talking to them. Electricity distribution companies will also be included in the discussion process, another government official said.
The government may also offer subsidies to the undertakings setting up the stations. Public sector undertakings in the energy sector such as NTPC, Power Grid Corp and Indian Oil are likely candidates to be selected for the project.
NTPC is already involved in a similar project in Maharashtra. Power Grid Corporation has also signed a MoU L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd for developing charging infrastructure at metro stations for e-cars and e-three wheelers in Hyderabad, the report said.
Private players like Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ola And Uber have also shown their interest in setting up stations.