The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up charging points at around 1,000 petrol bunks off the highways across the state. This move is a part of promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs. The state government has already announced a scheme for its employees to buy electric scooters at a subsidy and on EMIs.
The New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) is planning to sign an MoU with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for setting up charging points at its filling stations mainly along the state and national highways. The corporation will set up ultra high-speed charging points at around 1,000 filling stations along the highways so facilitate the recharging of vehicles. The electricity department will install meters exclusively for the charging points and the IOC staff will be responsible for the collection of charges from the consumers.
The state under its policy to phase out all the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in four major cities by 2024 and all cities by 2030 has recently launched a scheme to promote one lakh electric 2-wheelers to government employees over a period of one year. Based on the demand, the number will be increased further.
Also, the corporation has recently invited expressions of interest from the companies for the supply of one lakh EVs and the roll out is expected to begin in a few months. Before the vehicles hit the road, the government is planning to set up charging points on all highways at the IOC filling stations with a space to charge at least three vehicles simultaneously.