The Union Minister of Heavy Industries, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, announced the sanction of Rs. 800 crores under FAME India Scheme Phase II to the PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) – Indian Oil (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) – for setting up 7432 public fast charging stations across the country.
The Committee headed by DG BEE recommended certain changes to improve the viability of the development of public charging infrastructure. It includes supporting the upstream infrastructure (such as distribution transformer, LT & HT cables, AC distribution boxes, circuit breakers/isolators, protection equipment, tubular or PCC mounting structures, fencing, and civil work) which generally costs up to 60% of the overall cost for setting up a Public EV charging station. The upstream infrastructure comprises the money that is to be paid by ChargePoint Operators to the DISCOMs to obtain electricity connection. Based on the recommendation of the committee, MHI approved financial assistance for setting up the upstream infrastructure of up to 80% upstream infrastructure.
This will make the installation of charging stations easier by reducing the upfront cost. In addition, the earlier subsidy of 70% on EV Supply Equipment will continue as before.
While installing EV charging infrastructure, Charge Point Operators (CPOs) face the issue of the unavailability of sufficient land. Considering this difficulty, MHI took up the matter with MoPNG (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) to explore the possibility of establishing charging stations at the Retail Outlets (ROs) of the OMCs. The OMCs have sufficient land in the premises of their ROs which can be utilized for the setting up of the charging stations.
The OMC-wise proposed installation of charging stations including upstream infrastructure is as below:
|OMC||Chargers of 50/60 KW capacity||Chargers of 100/120 KW capacity||Total|
The installation is expected to be completed by March 2024. At present, there are about 6,586 charging stations across the country. The addition of the new 7,432 public charging stations will be a significant push to EV charging ecosystem. The above charging capacity shall be used for charging electric 2-wheelers, 4-wheelers, light commercial vehicles, and minibusses.
Additionally, the committee recommended changes in the configuration of charging guns as below which are also approved.
|Sr. No.||Type of Charging Stations||Existing No. of Guns||Proposed No. of Guns||Type of Chargers (Min.)||Rating (Min.)||No. of Chargers||Total rated Capacity of PCS|
|Bharat AC001||3.3 x 3||1||32|
The above relaxations in the number of charging guns will help to increase the utilization of charging capacity and reduce the cost of setting up charging stations.
Dr. Pandey said this move will give a boost to the electric vehicle ecosystem in India and encourage more people to switch to cleaner modes of transportation. He also added that the government is committed to promoting sustainable green mobility solutions and reducing the country’s carbon emissions, working towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Net Zero mission. This move will create a robust charging infrastructure network in India that is more accessible to the public. It aligns with the government’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable transportation options, while also supporting the growth of the Indian automotive industry.
Today, March 27, 2023, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has released 70% of this sum, i.e., Rs. 560 crores, to OMC (BPCL, IOCL, and HPCL) as the 1st installment of the total amount of Rs. 800 crores which sanctioned for the installation and commissioning of upstream infrastructure and charging equipment of EV public charging stations at respective retail outlets in the country.
In a major boost towards EV adoption in the country, these fast-charging stations will be set up in all the metros, million plus cities, smart cities notified by MoHUA, cities of hilly states across the country, and highways and expressways across the country. This will provide EV owners with a seamless and convenient charging experience that would greatly reduce the anxieties of EV owners regarding range and charging time during their intra-city and, more importantly, their inter-city, long-distance travels. The wide network of conveniently located OMC retail outlets is in the natural travel route of motorists and also offers a host of amenities, viz., safety, good illumination, extended working hours, washrooms, emergency assistance, etc., for customer comfort.
Among the current challenges in EV adoption is the time taken for charging vehicles. These EV charging stations from OMCs will be of the CCS-II type with a capacity of 50 KW and above, offering efficient and fast charging for EV owners, especially for those looking for on-the-go top-up charging.