India Invites Bids For Setting Up Of EV Charging Stations Under FAME-II
Wherever possible, EV charging stations should be connected with “grid-connected solar power plant”, says the Ministry of Heavy Industries. (Photographer: Fredrik Bjerknes/Bloomberg)

India Invites Bids For Setting Up Of EV Charging Stations Under FAME-II

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The government has invited proposals for setting up of electric vehicle charging statons in big and smart cities.

Proposals are invited from entities that intend to develop EV charging stations in million-plus cities, as per the 2011 Census, and smart cities as notified by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Ministry of Heavy Industries said.

It also invited proposals from satellite towns connected to seven metros—Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad—major cities of special category states/union territories, and the capital city of all states/union territories not covered in the above categories.

“Initially, 1,000 EV charging stations are earmarked for deployment through this Expression of Interest. These EV charging stations will be sanctioned to different states/cities/entities after evaluation of the proposals received under this EOI,” said the Heavy Industries Ministry said.

Wherever possible, EV charging stations should be connected with “grid-connected solar power plant” of required capacity as per MNRE guidelines so as to ensure grid stability and green energy for electric vehicles.

The last date for submission of the proposals is August 20, the ministry said in the EoI.

The government recently approved Phase-II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India scheme, for three years commencing April 1 with a total budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore.

Under FAME-II, the government intends to support development of EV charging infrastructure by extending capital grant to different organisations working with city government for the promotion of use of EVs.

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