EESL, BHEL partner on EV charging infrastructure for highways

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State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) have signed an agreement to set up a network of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles at various highways across the country.

BHEL’s scope of work includes complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions from concept to commissioning of EV charging stations. EESL, on the other hand, will make the entire upfront investment on services, along with the operation and maintenance of the public charging infrastructure.

The pact covers collaboration for identifying, planning, development and installation of charging stations at suitable locations.

“Mobility is changing rapidly, and India is powering ahead to a sustainability-driven future by adopting electric vehicles. Availability of adequate charging infrastructure is one of the key requirements for further accelerating EV adoption in India,” EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar said.

He further said setting up charging stations at highways will boost the interest of public commuting from one city to another enabling a smooth and sustainable transition to a future-oriented mobility solution.

The Indian government aims to install an appropriate network of charging infrastructure throughout the country, ensuring that at least one charging station is available in a 3×3 km2 grid in the cities and one charging station at every 25 km on both sides of highways/roads.

The Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 2636 charging stations in 62 cities across 24 States/union territories under the second phase of FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme.