On Saturday, the power ministry said electric vehicle charging stations have expanded by two-and-a-half times across nine major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, in the past four months. A statement from the Energy Ministry said government efforts led to a 2.5 fold increase in charging stations in Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai in the past four months.
According to the statement, between October 2021 and January 2022, an additional 678 public charging stations for electric vehicles were installed in these nine cities. About 940 out of 1,640 chargers for public electric vehicles in India are located in these cities.
Initially, the government increased its focus to the nine largest cities with populations of more than 4 million.
The Department of Energy recently released Revised Consolidated Standards and Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on January 14, 2022.
The Government of India has undertaken multiple initiatives to promote the manufacture and adoption of electric vehicles in the country.
With the massive expansion of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric vehicles have begun to penetrate the Indian market, he said.
The government has made a 360-degree effort to improve public charging infrastructure through the involvement of public and private agencies (BEE, EESL, PGCIL, NTPC, etc.). Many private organizations have also applied to install electric vehicle charging stations to develop a convenient charging network to win the trust of consumers.
After the electric vehicle infrastructure in these megacities becomes saturated, the government plans to gradually expand coverage to other cities.
Oil trading companies have announced the establishment of 22,000 charging stations for electric vehicles in major cities and on national highways across the country.
Of the 22,000 electric charging stations, 10,000 will be installed by IOCL (Indian Oil) and 7,000 will be installed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), and the remaining 5,000 will be installed by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL).
IOCL has already installed 439 EV charging stations and plans to install another 2,000 EV charging stations over the next year. BPCL has installed 52 charging stations, while HPCL has installed 382 charging stations.
The Ministry of Heavy Industry recently sanctioned 1,576 public charging stations for 25 expressways and expressways that must be located within every 25 kilometers of range on both sides of these roads.