Panaji: Tata Power, which already has 50 EV charging points in the state, plans to add at least 100 more electric vehicle (EV) charging devices in Goa next year. It also aims to install charging stations along all national highways connecting to Goa to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles.
The company is working with the state government to help them go green.
Speaking to TOI, Tata Power CEO and Managing Director Praveer Sinha said the company sees Goa as a strong market for electric vehicles and green energy adoption. "We already have 50 electric chargers in operation and another nine will probably be operational this month," Sinha said. "Apart from that, we have plans to add at least 100 more in Goa next year and we will also have superchargers on the roads from here to Mumbai, Pune and Karwar."
In December 2021, the state government launched the Goa Electric Vehicle (EV) Concessionary Charging Infrastructure Policy to install charging stations at 50 locations initially identified by the state government. Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) designated by the state as the authority to issue permits to install charging stations on public and private property.
When asked about the locations of the proposed EV charging stations, Sinha said they can be installed in fuel depots, train stations, shopping malls, commercial buildings, tourist centers and any major parking lots where ample parking spaces are available.
He said the main goal is to have charging stations for electric vehicles along all the roads connecting to Goa.
Adoption of electric cars that were captured in the state after the air and the center provided incentives.
Tata Power completed a desktop presentation on how Goa is pursuing its green energy goals. Sinha described them as preliminary estimates to be discussed with the state power department and GEDA.
Last December, GEDA invited bids for 40 EV charging stations in Goa as part of a Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME II) framework.
Tata Power worked with Goa Power Division on distribution technology, billing software, computerization of Power Division 248 and sub division offices, data center for Goa Power Division as well as a data center backup in hyderabad and online bill payment orders.