Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under India’s Ministry of Power, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), a civic body under Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to establish electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in SDMC area over a 10-year period.
The charging stations will be installed in around 75 locations, which shall be selected through joint survey by both parties. The total number of locations may increase or decrease, and include multi-level parking locations as well.
In the first phase, EV charging station will be installed in 18 locations—within 6 months from the effective date.
EESL will be responsible for procurement of charging units and related infrastructure along with operation and maintenance, whereas SDMC would provide the space for setting up the charging infrastructure in its area.
The MoU was signed by EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar and SDMC Municipal Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti in the presence of power minister R.K. Singh and Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal.
Speaking on the occasion, power minister R.K Singh said, “This initiative is part of the Government’s vision to reduce carbon footprints.”
The Minister also said that the government has taken a number of steps to promote environment-friendly electric vehicles including revision in Electric Vehicle Charging Policy.
Government’s push for e-mobility
The Government of India has embarked upon a very ambitious e-mobility plan, in which it plays a pivotal role in enabling e-mobility. Installation of public charging stations would help the legislative efforts in creating a sustainable EV ecosystem in the states.
In July this year the government 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.
For charging e-cars, EESL has till date commissioned 300 AC and 170 DC captive chargers across India. Apart from this, 65 public charging stations have been installed in North Delhi Municipal Corporation area alone.
EESL has signed agreements with various public-sector units, government departments, and State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana.
With the bulk procurement, EESL receives electric vehicles and electric chargers at a signiﬁcantly discounted rate vis-à-vis the actual market value. Further, with access to low cost funds, the overall cost of project becomes competitive. With this, EESL has established a sustainable business model which is affordable for end consumers.