A charging plugs connects an electric vehicle to a charging station in London, U.K. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Power Grid Plans To Set Up 26 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Three Cities

State-run transmission utility Power Grid Corporation Ltd. looks to set up 26 electric-vehicle charging stations in three cities as India takes first steps towards promoting the use of electric vehicles.

24 of these stations will come up at every halt of the Hyderabad Metro, the utility’s chairman and managing director IS Jha told reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi today. He didn’t indicate a timeline. “We plan to set up one charging station each in Gurugram and Chennai.”

Jha said a charging station with a capacity 15Mwh will cost Rs4-5 lakh. “We’re trying to support the ecosystem until more private investors come in.”

The Power Ministry recently cleared the regulatory hurdles for setting up charging stations by considering charging of EVs as a sale of service. A number of public-sector companies announced plans to set up the charging infrastructure. India plans to turn about 30 percent of its vehicles battery-powered by 2030.

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