According to the statement, 678 additional public charging stations were installed between October 2021 and January 2022 in these nine cities. About 940 of India’s 1,640 public EV chargers are located in these cities.
The government initially focused on the nine megalopolises with more than 4 million inhabitants.
The Department of Energy recently released the Revised Consolidated Guidelines and Standards for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on January 14, 2022.
The Indian government has undertaken multiple initiatives to promote the manufacture and adoption of electric vehicles in the country.
With the huge expansion of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric vehicles have started to enter the Indian market, he said.
The government has deployed 360 degree efforts to improve public charging infrastructure by involving private and public bodies (BEE, EESL, PGCIL, NTPC, etc.). Many private organizations have also offered to install electric vehicle charging stations to develop a convenient charging network to win consumer trust.
After the saturation of electric vehicle infrastructure in these megacities, the government plans to gradually expand coverage to other cities.
Petroleum marketing companies have announced the installation of 22,000 electric vehicle charging stations in major cities and on national highways across the country.
Out of 22,000 electric vehicle charging stations, 10,000 will be installed by IOCL (Indian Oil), 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 installed 52 charging stations, while HPCL installed 382 charging stations.
The Ministry of Heavy Industry recently sanctioned 1,576 public charging stations for 25 highways and highways which must be located within 25 km range on both sides of these highways.