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Government Announces Revised Electric Vehicle Charging Guidelines

Government Announces Revised Electric Vehicle Charging Guidelines

Snapshot: The government has clarified its stance on charging stations for electric vehicles, which makes it a little clearer for EV owners what to expect going forward.

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  • Revised guidelines will apply from now on.

  • More charging stations to be installed both in cities and on highways.

  • Big metro cities and expressways will be in the first phase.

  • Smaller cities and highways in the next phase.

  • Any individual or entity is free to set up a charging station, no license required.

The government has laid down revisions for the guidelines set up for charging stations by the Ministry of Power on 14 December last year. The new guidelines make it a lot easier for charging stations to be put up, but it doesn’t say much about maintenance and safety.

Under the new guidelines, the aim is to have a charging station every 3 square km in cities, and a charging station every 25km on highways connecting cities. The highway chargers will be on both sides of the highway. Fast chargers are to be made available every 100km to help speed up travel between cities. 

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been nominated to execute this ambitious plan. In addition to these charging stations in public, distribution companies will be allowed to install chargers at residences and office complexes. 

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The new guidelines have also allowed that chargers of different standards will also be allowed to be installed at the charging stations – this is not limited only to the different kinds of chargers currently available, but also to any new kinds that may become available in the future. 

The domestic chargers will be charged electricity rates as per the current domestic rates – an important point, since fuel in most states, is charged tax equivalent to the actual cost of the fuel itself, while electricity is usually subsidized – while the rates for public charging stations will be determined as per the Tariff policy under section 3 of the Electricity Act, 2003. 

There will be service charges for the public charging stations, but the government will still oversee the charges and set a maximum limit for the charges to make sure the benefits given to the service providers are passed on to the consumers.

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