Delhi government installs 1,000 EV charging stations to boost electric vehicle use in capital

According to an official statement, the Delhi government has installed 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations under the single-window facility in less than a year. Over the next three years, the government will establish 18,000 such points. For the installation of EV chargers in private and semi-public areas of Delhi, including residential areas such as apartments and collective housing associations, institutional structures such as hospitals and commercial areas such as kirana stores, shops and malls, a single window facility was placed in November 2021.

The facility allows any resident of Delhi to request the installation of a charger from affiliated suppliers in their premises, either through DISCOM’s online portal or by calling.

Delhi has three electricity suppliers namely BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL). Delhi’s EV policy provides for a subsidy of Rs 6,000 per charge point for the first 30,000 slow charge points. The net cost paid by the user after deducting Rs 6,000 includes EV charger, installation and maintenance fees for 3 years.

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The net cost of these EV chargers, after subsidy, is only Rs 2,500. The government has completed the installation of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations under the facility in less than a year. This includes 682 charge points installed by BRPL at 315 locations, 150 charge points installed by BYPL at 70 locations and 168 charge points installed by TPDDL at 50 locations.

Nearly 59 percent of these chargers are installed by the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), 15 percent of EV chargers are installed in office buildings and 13 percent in e-rickshaw parking lots.

The Delhi government will spend Rs 60 lakh as a grant for these 1,000 charging stations. As part of the one-window process, the Government of Delhi, through DISCOMS, has engaged nearly 10 suppliers to help citizens choose from a variety of EV chargers.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the government aims to strengthen the charging infrastructure for electric cars in the city by providing a network of private and public charging facilities within a three-kilometer radius of anywhere in Delhi.

“It is just the beginning, as Delhi plans to install 18,000 charging stations over the next three years, making it easier for Delhi residents to opt for an electric vehicle over an ICE vehicle. By 2024, Delhi is committed to one in four new vehicles purchased to be an electric vehicle,” he added.

Delhi’s EV Policy was launched in August 2020 to establish Delhi as the EV Capital of India and to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in all vehicle segments, especially in the mass category of two-wheelers, public and shared transport vehicles and freight carriers. Under the 2020 Delhi EV policy, more than 72,000 electric vehicles have been sold so far, with more than 41,000 EVs sold this year, the statement said.

With inputs from PTI

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