MoP notifies EV charging guidelines

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has notified the guidelines and standards for the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country. As per the the guidelines, discoms will facilitate the setting up of private charging stations at offices and residences and such stations may obtain electricity through open access. Further, setting up public charging stations will be a de-licensed activity, enabling any individual to set up public charging stations given that the technical and performance standards are met. The guidelines also specify the minimum infrastructure requirements of charging stations for light and heavy vehicles. The government plans to roll out EV charging infrastructure in two phases. In the first phase, EV charging stations are to be developed in megacities with populations of 4 million and above, over the next one to three years. In the second phase, state capitals and union territory headquarters will be covered for distributed and demonstrative effect. Further, EV charging stations will be set up on important highways connected with each of these mega cities in the next three to five years.

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