GoI to expand public EV charging infrastructure

The Government of India (GoI) has undertaken multiple initiatives to promote the manufacturing and adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in the country and expansion ofthe public EV charging infrastructure.

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has planned that charging stations should be in an area of 3×3 km grid. Currently, India has a total of 1,640 operational public EV chargers, of which, 9 cities (Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai) account for approximately 940 stations. There has been additional installation of 678 public EV charging stations between October 2021 to January 2022 in these 9 cities. Recently, the MoP has revised guidelines and standards on EV charging infrastructure. Further, the oil marketing companies have announced the setting up of 22,000 EV charging stations in prominent cities and on national highways across the country. The Department of Heavy Industry has recently sanctioned 1,576 public charging stations for 25 highways and expresswaysto be located within every 25 km of range on both sides of these expressways and highways.