Tuesday, July 16, 2024

India Plans Faster Approval Process to Expand EV Charging Network

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The Indian government is set to reduce approval times for installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, aiming to rapidly expand the nation’s EV charging network.

Under new proposals by India’s Ministry of Power (MoP), power distribution companies (DISCOMs) will be required to provide connections for EV charging stations within shorter timeframes: 3 days in metropolitan areas, 7 days in other municipal areas, and 15 days in rural areas. Currently, guidelines stipulate longer timelines of 7 days in metros, 15 days in other municipalities, and 30 days in rural regions.

For locations where DISCOMs need to extend distribution mains or commission new substations, the MoP suggests that electricity supply should commence within 90 days of completing such infrastructure work. Additionally, the ministry plans to establish an online single-window clearance system to expedite connection grants for EV chargers.

The MoP also proposes specific provisions for charging stations, allowing DISCOMs to provide low-tension connections up to 150 kW at public, community, office, and bus depot facilities. State Nodal agencies and city authorities are tasked with annually mapping potential EV charging demand to facilitate network planning.

Addressing tariff considerations, the MoP recommends a single-part tariff not exceeding the Average Cost of Supply (ACoS) until March 31, 2026. During solar hours (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM), the cost of supplying power to EV charging stations is proposed at 0.7 times the ACoS, rising to 1.3 times during non-solar hours.

By fiscal year 2030, the MoP targets a dense network of charging stations, envisioning at least one station per square kilometre in urban areas and one every 20 kilometres along highways. For long-range or heavy-duty EVs, it suggests installing fast-charging stations with capacities of 250 kW or higher every 100 kilometres on major roads.

These proposals follow consultations with key stakeholders including the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The MoP submitted the draft to stakeholders on July 1, requesting feedback within 30 days.

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