The Department of Heavy Industries is working on installing 118 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Hyderabad. The plan is to cater to the needs of increasing battery vehicles in the city.
Apart from Hyderabad, 10 EV charging stations each will also be set up in Warangal and Karimnagar taking the total EV charging stations to 138 in the State. At present, there are 50 EV charging stations in Hyderabad, with most of them being located in metro stations.
Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO), the nodal agency appointed by the State government, is responsible for setting up these 138 EV charging stations in the State and is gearing up to make these facilities available within six months.
These charging stations were proposed under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) II programme of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises for promoting the use of electric vehicles by offering reliable and accessible charging infrastructure. The cost of each station would be a minimum of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 60 lakh while the bigger ones may cost up to Rs 1.30 crore. These will be installed near metro stations, government lands and public places.
As far as facilities are concerned, the new EV charging stations will mostly have fast chargers, which will have five plugs and can charge a vehicle in 60 to 90 minutes. In moderate charging and slow charging stations, it would take more time for a vehicle to be fully charged. Each station also requires an exclusive transformer with all related substation equipment including safety appliances, appropriate civic works, cabling and electric works.