Bengal is likely to get an array of charging stations to power electric vehicles, with as many as 100 coming up by the end of this fiscal.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a four-way joint venture among NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid Corporation of India, has given a proposal to the state government for 400 electric vehicle charging stations.
The government body has worked with the state government on street light projects and is hopeful of entering into an agreement with the state before the festival season, with an eye to set up at least 100 sta- BENGAL BOOST The plan: Set up 400 charging kiosks in Bengal; 100 this fiscal Rest of India: 1,000 by 2020 Costs: A fast charging station (30-45 minutes) will cost Rs 6.5-8 lakh; the slower one (78 hours) will cost Rs 1.5-2 lakh Garnaik in Calcutta on Tuesday tions by March next year. “We have given a proposal of 400 charging stations and our regional team is in discussion with them,” said Soumya Prasad Garnaik, chief general manager, EESL.
“We have procured 10,000 e-vehicles (nationally) in the first phase and we have so far deployed about 1,600 for government official usage. The major hindrance is coming only from the charging infrastructure. So we are not able to make any inroads,” said Garnaik.
“We have installed more than 100 changing stations in Delhi and we will be going for another 100 there by February. Out target is around 1,000 charging stations across major cities by December next year,” said Garnaik. Charging stations are key to expanding the sales of electric vehicles, which are a thrust area of the central government. However, developing a revenue-sharing business model is the key to success.
The costs vary on the time to charge up a car: fast chargers, which take 30-45 minutes to power a car, cost Rs 6.5-8 lakh, excluding land; the slow ones, taking 7-8 hours, cost Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.
Garnaik said the state has to provide the infrastructure — places where there is relatively high footfalls and preferably near an electric substation where there is adequate and uninterrupted electric connectivity.
Source: The Telegraph