Govt invites proposals for Installing EV Charging Infrastructure on Highways & Expressways

NewsBharati    14-Oct-2020
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New Delhi, October 14: To build and operate Electric Vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure on major highways and expressways in the country, the Department of Heavy Industries has floated an Expression of Interest EoI for inviting proposals from government organisations, PSUs (State/Central), state-owned DISCOM, Oil PSUs and similar other public and private entities to build and operate Public EV charging infrastructure.

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The government's proposals are for installing, building, and operating charging infrastructure along the highways and expressways specified in its. As per the EoI, the installation of all chargers is expected to be completed within nine months of approval. Moreover, the deadline for submitting proposals is December 7, 2020.
The DHI required at least one charging station out of every four to have either a minimum of one 50-kW CCS II or CHAdeMO chargers alongside one 15-kW DC001 charger. It also specified for at least one charging station in every three to have a 100-kW charger.
The main motto of the proposal is the electrification of public and shared transportation. The proposals have been invited from interested entities to build and operate EV charging infrastructure on the Mumbai-Pune, Ahmedabad-Vadodara, Delhi-Agra Yamuna, Bengaluru-Mysore, Bengaluru-Chennai, Surat- Mumbai, Agra-Lucknow, Eastern Peripheral, and Hyderabad-ORR Expressways.
Along with that, the proposals have also been invited from entities for highways including Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi-Kolkata, Agra-Nagpur, Meerut- Gangotri Dham, Mumbai - Delhi, Mumbai-Panaji, Mumbai-Nagpur, Mumbai-Bengaluru, and Kolkata-Bhubaneswar.
The Centre has approved Phase-II of FAME [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India], for three years commencing from the 1st of April 2019. Under Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme, the Government intends to support the development of EV charging infrastructure by extending capital grants to organizations for promoting the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Its main focus is the electrification of public and shared transportation.