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Ministry of Power issued the revised consolidated Guidelines & Standards for charging infrastructure. The salient features as stipulated in the guidelines and standards are as under:
i. Tariff for the supply of electricity for Public Charging Station (PCS) shall be a single part tariff and shall not exceed “Average Cost of Supply” till 31st March 2025.
ii. DISCOMs may leverage on funding from the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) under “Part A – Distribution Infrastructure” for the general upstream network augmentation necessitated due to the upcoming charging infrastructure in various areas. The cost of such works carried out by the DISCOMs with financial assistance from the Government of India under Revamped Scheme shall not be charged to the consumers for Public Charging Stations for EVs.
iii. Housing Societies, Malls, Office Complexes, Restaurants, Hotels, etc. are allowed to install PCS for charging of vehicles including charging of visitor’s vehicles permitted to come in its premises.
iv. Charging stations meant for 100% in-house/captive utilization are free to choose to charge specifications as per requirement.
v. DISCOMs have been directed to provide electricity connection to PCS in accordance with the timelines specified in the “Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules 2020”.
vi. The connection for a PCS shall be provided within 7 days in metro cities, 15 days in other municipal areas and 30 days in rural areas. Appropriate Commission may specify a lesser time limit than the aforementioned limit.
vii. Any PCS/chain of charging station may also obtain electricity from any generation company through open access. Open access shall be provided within 15 days for this purpose.
viii. Guidelines also include the details of requirements of Public Charging Infrastructure (PCI), PCI for long-range EVs and/or heavy-duty EVs, Location of PCS, Database of Public EV charging stations, Tariff for the supply of electricity to EV PCS and service charge at PCS.
ix. Land available with Government/Public entities shall be provided to Government/Public entities on a revenue sharing basis at a fixed rate of Re.1/kWh (used for charging) to be paid to the land-owning agency, initially for a period of 10 years.
Action plans have been prepared by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and sent to the concerned State Governments for 8 cities – with a 4 million plus population (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune). Under the Action Plans, scenario-wise targets have been prepared for Business as Usual (BAU), Moderate and Aggressive Scenarios for installation of Charging Stations in these 8 cities so far. These targets have been prepared based on the requirements under the Guidelines and Standards issued by the Ministry of Power, Electric Vehicles (EV) growth projections in these cities, Growth in EV charging demand etc. As per the initial estimates, a total of 3263 chargers under BAU scenario, 23,524 chargers under moderate scenario and 46,397 under Aggressive scenario are being targeted for installation of PCS in these cities by 2030.