Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has planned to set up eight electric vehicle charging stations in New Town soon, adding to the existing 10 units across the township.
Officials have been taking steps to promote the use of electric vehicles in New Town as part of its Green City scheme. Hidco is also planning to sign an MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for installation of the proposed charging stations.
“The main concern of electric vehicles users is that the charge could deplete en route their destinations or before reaching the nearest charging point. Hence, it is imperative to install more charging stations at frequent intervals in the township,” a Hidco official said.
The new charging stations will have DC fast-charging capability. They are likely to come up near Eco Park Gate 1 and 4, near Tata Medical Centre, Eco Space, Axis mall and other busy spots. Each station will have two or three charging units to avoid long queues.
NKDA will arrange for the power connections and will receive a share of the revenue. Hidco has earned over Rs 20,000 from the 10 AC slow-charging stations since October last year. The current charging fee is Rs 20 per hour. An electric car needs nearly five hours to get fully charged that enables it to move about 120km.
Around 1.77 lakh passengers have availed services of the three electric buses that Hidco operates in New Town. Three more will be rolled out soon.
Source: Times of India