West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has invited expressions of interest for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in public-private partnership (PPP) to boost e-mobility in the state.
It has sought bids from interested operators to build 205 charging or battery-swapping stations for different types of vehicles. The stations would be installed on its land but maintained by operators who will offer a share of the revenue. The floor value of revenue share for the auction is Rs 1 per unit of electricity. Of the 205 stations, 40 will be set up along national highways and the remaining 165 will be built elsewhere. The initial contract period will be of 10 years, with extension clauses. A bidder who will offer the highest revenue share will be awarded the contract for a specific site. Notably, West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has set a tariff of Rs 6.98 per unit for EV charging stations throughout the year.