Hyderabad Metro Rail is planning to soon provide electric vehicle (EV) charging facility at metro stations in partnership with PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd. With this, Hyderabad Metro will be the first metro rail in the country to provide the facility. The EV charging stations will be monitored and operated remotely by PowerGrid.
KVB Reddy, MD & CEO, Hyderabad Metro, said, “We are committed to provide best in class eco-friendly green metro services to the citizens of Hyderabad and this is a step in that direction. The running cost is also considerably low compared to the vehicles run on fossil fuels.
Interestingly, with the involvement of PowerGrid, The upcoming EV charging stations will have vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept in which EVs can also help in stabilization of the grid. A V2G system enables the flow of power between an electric system or grid and electric drive vehicles such as electric cars (BEV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV) or hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicles to charge and discharge electricity to and from the grid. V2G can improve the power system’s resiliency and reliability and make customers money.
To promote e-vehicles for the first and last mile connectivity at metro stations, Hyderabad Metro has signed a contract with PowerGrid, an Indian government-owned electric utilities company, which transmits about 50% of the total power generated in India on its transmission network.
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PowerGrid will develop charging stations at Miyapur and Dr BR Ambedkar Balanagar Metro Stations. It will subsequently develop these across the entire metro corridor. To cater to the needs of currently available vehicle types, it plans to deploy Bharat Charger DC-001.
As the market evolves, the power company will deploy compatible chargers meeting international standards for all type of electric vehicles.
It is also developing a mobile app to help e-vehicles locate charging stations and facilitate online payment.
To recall, a report called as Transformative Mobility Solutions for India revealed India’s plan for electric cars and charging stations infrastructure.
In January 2017, a draft of India’s 10-year energy blueprint has revealed that the government is expecting as much as 57 percent of the country’s total electricity capacity to come from non-fossil fuel sources by the year 2027 – a significant increase over the India’s Paris agreement targets, which has asked the member countries to reach 40 percent non-fossil fuel electricity by the year 2030.