Friday, January 28, 2022

Centre promulgates revised consolidated Guidelines for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

Centre has promulgated revised consolidated Guidelines and Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles yesterday. These guidelines are exhaustive and include provisions for  individual owners of Electric Vehicles as well as Public Charging Stations.

In a significant step, Owners may charge their Electric Vehicles at their residence and offices using their existing electricity
connections.  The guidelines provide that any individual or entity is free to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license. These can be set up provided that such stations meet the technical, safety and performance standards and protocols laid down by Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency  and Central Electricity Authority from time to time.

An exhaustive list of compliance requirements for Public Charging Station have also been outlined. The guidelines provide not only the prevailing international charging standards available in the market but also the new Indian charging standards. In order to make charging stations financially viable, a revenue sharing model has been put in place for land used.

Power Ministry said that these guidelines and standards have been promulgated with the objective of enabling faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable Charging Infrastructure and eco-system.

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