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- Union Ministry of Power has revised the guidelines for setting up charging stations in the country, to increase availability of charging-related infrastructure in the next decade.
- These Revised Guidelines and Specifications for charging infrastructure shall supersede the earlier guidelines and standards issued by the Ministry of Power on 14.12.2018.
What are the Revised Guidelines?
- There must be at least one charging station in a grid of 3 x 3 km in all megacities and one charging station every 25 km on both sides of highways.
- The first phase of the plan (1-3 years) will cover all megacities with a population of more than four million as per the 2011 Census, and all expressways and highways connected to these megacities.
- The second phase (3-5 years) will cover other big cities such as State capitals.
- The government will install separate charging stations for heavy electric vehicles like buses or trucks after every 100 kilometres on both sides of highways.
- Assuming that most of the charging of EVs would take place at homes or offices where the decision of using fast or slow chargers would rest with consumers, private charging at residences/offices shall be
- Setting up of Public Charging Stations (PCS) shall be a de-licensed activity and any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations, which has been reiterated in the guidelines, subject to the conditions as specified in the Guidelines.
- Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has been nominated as the Central Nodal Agency to facilitate installation of Charging Infrastructure.
[Source: The Hindu, Livemint]