A man attaches a charging plug to a hybrid electric vehicle (EV) at a charging station in Jeju, South Korea. (Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

Government Considering Subsidy For E-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, Says AK Bhalla 

Power Secretary AK Bhalla said the government is considering providing a subsidy for encouraging setting up of e-vehicle charging infrastructure under a policy, to be unveiled in coming days.

Bhalla was of the view that it is a chicken and egg story because charging stations would not be set up without enough e-vehicles and e-vehicles sales would not pick up unless there is enough facility to charge these vehicles.

“We are bringing a policy in consultation with heavy industries ministry on how these chargers can be established. Whether we need to support that with a subsidy to begin with,” he said, speaking at the launch of '#InnovateToINSPIRE: Creating Future Energy Solutions' by the World Bank, World Resources Institute, and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.

E-mobility is an area where the government has been working. We have clarified that setting up charging infrastructure does not need a licence as it is a service-oriented activity. In the draft tariff policy, we have put certain policy statement for encouraging power supply to these charging stations. We have notified technical standards for charging infrastructure.
AK Bhalla, Power Secretary

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