EESL To Develop E-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure For South Delhi
A charger for electric and hybrid automobiles sits at a charging station. (Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

EESL To Develop E-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure For South Delhi

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State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. and civic body South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday signed an agreement to develop charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in South Delhi area.

The country is moving in right direction to achieve 175 gigawatt of renewable capacity by 2022, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said at an event.

"India has embarked upon a very ambitious e-mobility plan, in which the government plays a pivotal role in enabling e-mobility. Installation of public charging stations would help in taking considerable strides in the creation of a sustainable EV ecosystem in the states across India. It's a great stride by SDMC and EESL to come together for harnessing synergies and opportunities in this broader effort," he said.

The memorandum of understanding was signed in New Delhi in presence of Singh, EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar, Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, Municipal Commissioner of South Delhi Gyanesh Bharti, among other government officials.

Under the MoU, EESL will install around 75 charging stations at different locations of South Delhi area.

"In the first phase, EV charging station will be installed in 18 locations within 6 months from the effective date, selected through joint survey by both parties," he said, adding the tariff has been kept at Rs 4 per unit.

"It is pivotal to establish a thriving public charging infrastructure to increase EV adoption and enhance consumer convenience. I strongly believe that a supporting infrastructure will surely enhance consumer confidence in electric vehicles in Delhi," Baijal said.

With increasing penetration of EVs, the local emission of pollutants is also expected to reduce, leading to cleaner air providing several health benefits to the public.

For charging e-cars, till date, 300 AC and 170 DC captive chargers have been commissioned.

EESL also said that about 65 public charging stations have also been installed in area of New Delhi Municipal Council with which it had signed an MoU earlier.

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