Power Ministry revises norms for setting up rapid EV charging infrastructure

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New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) The Power Ministry has issued revised rules to promote installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This will help in the rapid spread of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the country.

Under the revised guidelines, EV owners will be able to charge these vehicles using the existing electricity connection at their residence or office. In addition, setting up of EV charging infrastructure has also been de-licensed.

“The Union Ministry of Power has issued revised Consolidated Guidelines and Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs) on January 14, 2022,” the Power Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The objective of these guidelines is to promote safe, reliable, accessible and cost-effective charging infrastructure, so that the country can rapidly adopt electric vehicles, the statement said.

According to the statement, any person or entity may set up public charging stations without any license requirement provided such stations meet technical as well as safety and performance standards and protocols.

In order to make charging stations economically viable in the period of growth of electric vehicles, the land used for this has been made a revenue sharing model.

Land held by Government/Public units will be given to public/government units for setting up Public Charging Stations (PCS) on revenue sharing model basis. Under this, the agency owning the land will be paid a fixed rate of Re 1/kWh. PCS will make this payment on quarterly basis.

The Model Revenue Sharing Agreement has been incorporated in the guidelines.

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