MoP releases revised consolidated guidelines and standards for EV charging infrastructure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has released the revised consolidated guidelines andstandards for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) on January 14,2022.

The objective of the guidelines is to enable a faster adoption of EVs in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable charging infrastructure and eco-system, to promote energy security and reduce emission intensity of the country. The guidelines are exhaustive and include provisions for individual EV owners as well as public charging stations (PCS). Owners may charge their EVs at their residence or offices using their existing electricity connections.  Infrastructure requirements for PCS have been outlined.Any individualentity is free to set up PCS without the requirement of a license, such that the stations meet the technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols.A revenue sharing model has been put in place for land use for making a charging station financially viable. Timelines for providing connectivity for the installation of PCS have been prescribed as per the Electricity (Rights of Consumers). Meanwhile, the tariff for supply of electricity to PCSwill be a single part tariff and will not exceed the average cost of supply till March 31, 2025. The same tariff shall be applicable for battery charging station.