A wave of happiness can be felt as the guidelines that regulate Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station have amended. The new rules nullify the requirement of a licence to set up an EV charging root, be it at home or at a workplace.
This is a very ingenious move by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) to maximize the use of electric vehicles across the country. In addition to this, the distribution companies will deliver its utmost services and help anybody wanting to set up this charging infrastructure. Not to forget about the safety concerns, any such charging station is to be in line with the decorum as stated by the authorities of the same and should necessarily confine to the required standards of safety, technicality and performances.
Moreover, along with the modification in the rules, there is yet to come a new charge list that the said EV points are to abide and price at. However, the rates for home charging stations is to remain unaltered and can hence EV stations at home can dispense services at the current rate. The decision on what price is to be levied on public charging stations is pending.
The above news gives a bird’s eye view on the whole scenario and there is however some intricacies circling the same guidelines. The entire EV charging system will be undergoing a revamp with almost a charging station allotted to a grid area of 3 Km × 3 Km as far cities go. The highways are to erect one for every 25 Kms on each side. For the convenience of heavy duty electrical vehicles like buses and trucks, for every 100 km stretch of highway a fast charging station is to be planted.
Other than this, the overall operation of installing these EV charging stations will be initiated in 2 phases respectively with a total year span of 5 years. The first stage of 3 years is attributed to planting these charging stations in mega cities (with a population of 4 million and above). The second stage of 2 years will take on the state capitals and Union Territories.
The is a positive change that will motivate people to switch to these Eco friendly alternatives, and for sure India can benefit from these environment friendly electricity run vehicles.