The government has invited proposals from entities for the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in different cities across states.
Under the proposal, charging stations can be installed in cities that fall under the categories of million-plus cities as per the 2011 census, smart cities as notified by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; and satellite towns connected to seven metros (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad).
These can also be installed in major cities of special category States/union territories; and the capital city of all states/union territories not covered in the above categories.
“Initially, a total of 1000 EV charging station are earmarked for deployment through this EOI. These charging stations will be sanctioned to different states/cities/entities after evaluation of the proposals received under this EOI”—the Heavy Industries Ministry notified.
It also said that the charging station should preferably be connected with a grid-connected solar power plant of required capacity as per MNRE guidelines so as to ensure grid stability and green energy for electric vehicles.
Each station should have at least 6 chargers, including at least one charger having appropriate charging guns to charge all types of vehicles.
The government recently approved Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India], for three years commencing from April 1, 2019 with a total budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore.
It envisages setting up of about 2700 charging stations across the country so that at least one charging station is available in a grid of 3×3 km2.
Under Phase-II of the scheme, the government intends to support development of EV charging infrastructure by extending capital grant to different organisations working with city government for the promotion of use of EVs.