New Delhi: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), a civic body under Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to establish infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs) in SDMC area over a 10-year period.
Under the terms outlined in the MoU, SDMC and EESL shall jointly work to expedite the adoption of e-mobility in Delhi by installing around 75 public charging stations in the SDMC area.
Managing Director of EESL Saurabh Kumar and Municipal Commissioner of SDMC Gyanesh Bharti signed the MoU in the presence of Union Minister of Power R.K. Singh and Lt. Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi Anil Baijal.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy R.K. Singh said this initiative is part of the Government’s vision to reduce carbon footprints.
We will grow, but responsibly, he added, elaborating efforts to achieve the target of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 and having 40 percent as Renewable Energy capacity in the total installed energy capacity by 2030.
Singh also said the Government has taken a number of steps to promote environment friendly EVs including revision in the Electric Vehicle Charging Policy. Urging the use of EVs, he urged all citizens should take it forward.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi Anil Baijal said that this is a good beginning. He also assured all help in resolving any issue that may arise in due course.
The Government of India has embarked upon a very ambitious e-mobility plan, one in which the Government plays a pivotal role in enabling e-mobility, said a Press release from the Ministry of Power.
Installation of public charging stations (PCS) is expected to help in taking considerable strides in the creation of a sustainable EV ecosystem in the states across India, the release said, adding that it’s a great stride by SDMC and EESL to come together for harnessing synergies and opportunities in this broader effort.
The procurement of charging units and related infrastructure shall be borne by EESL along with the operation & maintenance of public charging infrastructure by qualified manpower, whereas SDMC will be responsible for the providing space for setting up charging infrastructure in its 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.
The total number of finalized locations as per the location assessment will be 75, which may increase or decrease and include multi-level parking locations in Delhi as well.
Installation of public charging stations would help these legislative efforts in creating a sustainable EV ecosystem in the states, said the release, adding that with installation of public charging stations, the range anxiety among residents is expected to reduce, which would help in increasing the adoption of EVs in the city. This would help meet the state level targets of increasing EV adoption.
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 EVs, 300 AC & 170 DC captive chargers have been commissioned so far. Apart from this, 65 public charging stations have also been installed in the NDMC area. EESL has signed agreements with various PSUs and Government departments, as well as the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana.
With the bulk procurement, EESL receives EVs and electric chargers at a significantly discounted rate vis-a-vis the actual market value. With access to low cost funds, the overall cost of project becomes competitive. With this, EESL has established a sustainable business model which is affordable for end consumers, said the release.
Last week, Prakash Javadekar had said that about 285,000 buyers of electric & hybrid vehicles (xEVs) have been supported by a subsidy of Rs 360 crore under the FAME India Scheme.
At the NuGen Mobility Summit earlier today, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari assured the automotive industry about the importance that the Government gives to them and said he is keen to support the industry through effective policies.
Earlier in November, Indus Dictum reported that the Centre has sanctioned electric buses to 64 Cities and State Transport Corporations for intracity operation, and 100 electric buses for last mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation under the FAME India Scheme.
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