CESL to install 810 EV fast charging stations on National Highways

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), will install 810 electric vehicle charging stations along 16 expressways and national highways in India, covering 10,275 kilometers of road network.

CESL will utilise the public-private partnership model to create an electric vehicle charging network. To do this, it will partner with electric vehicle charging solution providers who will invest in, install and operate charging stations. This project is part of the FAME-II initiative of the Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Additionally, the 810 charging stations will be comprised of 590 50 kW DC charger units and 220 100 kW DC charger units. CESL will install 25 kW charging points every 25 km and 100 kW charging points every 100 km on designated roads and highways. However, CESL intends to install these chargers in the next six to eight months.

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CESL has selected the busiest highways and national roads for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, such as Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Kundli-Ghaziabad-Balwal Road/Eastern Oceanic Highway, Agra-Nagpur Expressway, Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway and Ring Road Outer Express Hyderabad, Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway, etc.

According to the company, the DC fast charging points will be compatible with passenger cars and commercial electric vehicles, including Tata Nexon EV Prime/Max, MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona, Kia EV6, Audi e-tron and e-tron. GT, Mercedes-Benz EQC, BMW iX, i4 and cargo of the newly launched Volvo XC40. In fact, the chargers will also be able to charge electric buses.

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