Delhi Government To Install More Than 5000 Kerbside Charging Stations In 3 Years

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Officials announced that the Delhi government plans to install more than 5,000 kerbside charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) on all major roads within the next 3 years.

Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson of the DDCD, Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi was present at a meeting to discuss the introduction of kerbside charging in Delhi for EVs.

Officials say that kerbside charging, which allows EVs to be charged at the roadside using streetlight lamp posts or dedicated charging points, is a new concept worldwide. The Delhi Government released a three-year plan to improve charging infrastructure and facilitate the charging of EVs. It set a goal for 18,000 charging stations by the end of last month.

They stated that kerb-side charging, which uses Delhi’s existing electrical and civic infrastructure for charging points, is a key strategy to reach this goal. The meeting decided that Kerbside charging will use lamp posts and substation spaces near sites of on-street parking.

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A pilot program for 100 kerbside charging devices will be established by discoms. Officials said that the pilot will be developed under the auspices of DDC. The discoms will then take charge of installing chargers on public roads.

With approximately 1 lakh lamp posts, the PWD owns 1,400 km of roads in Delhi. The pilot will allow for the expansion of the deployment across the capital. Kerbside charging will offer convenient options for priority segment vehicles (2W and 3W), adding that it will also serve an important role in residential communities without designated parking. Officials also pointed out that kerbside charging is proving to be a success in New York and London, where between 30-50% of motorists park on the street.

Discoms will determine the roads where this pilot can begin with the deployment of 100 electric vehicle chargers. Officials said that Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), the state nodal agency for operationalizing the entire pilot, will also be responsible for the state EV cells of the Transport department.

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They stated that the Delhi government plans to install over 5000 kerbside electric vehicle chargers over the next 3-years. Delhi is going to lead the installation of kerbside charging stations for electric vehicles on all major roads. Shah stated that Kerbside charging, another innovative concept Delhi has introduced to offer 24×7 access to EV charging at 2W and 3W, which are our priority segments.

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