With the trend shifting from conventional fuel-powered vehicles to Electric Vehicles (EV) & the launch of various EVs in the Indian market, the Union Government invited entities to send in their proposals for building & operating EV charging infrastructure on all the major highways & expressways throughout the country.
Several government organizations, PSUs, Oil PSUs, state-owned DISCOMs (state or central distribution companies), and other similar private & public entities may receive invitations too as the Department of Heavy Industries issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for inviting proposals from them.
The DHI’s invitation proposals are for installing, building & operating charging infrastructure. These will be along the expressways & highways mentioned in its EoI.
Where Will These EV Charging Infrastructure Be Built?
According to reports, the interested entities are invited to build and operate the EV charging infrastructure on the following locations.
|Name of Highway||National Highway||Total Kilometers (KM)||Minimum No. of EV Charging Stations|
|Mumbai-Nagpur||NH 53 & NH 60||700||70|
|Mangaldai(Assam) – Wakro(Arunachal Pradesh)||NH 15||670||64|
|Name of Expressway/Corridor||Total Kilometers (KM)||Minimum No. of EV Charging Stations|
This project is eligible for incentives under phase-II of the already approved Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) program. The second phase of the FAME-II program’s validity has been extended for all the approved EV models up to December 31, 2020 (almost by three months).
The DHI specified that at least one charging station in each three should be installed with a 100 kW charger. It also mentioned that every one in four EV charging stations should have a minimum of either one 50-kW CCS II or CHAdeMO chargers along with a 15-kW DC001 charger.
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With the invitation of proposals and the FAME II program shows that the Government is intending to support the development of EV charging infrastructure. They are also extending capital grants to various entities to promote the use of EVs.