India Has Only 1742 Charging Stations For 10 Lakh Electric Vehicles; Action Plan Made For Expansion
The Indian Government has been up and going when it comes to the adoption and boosting the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.
According to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, India now has over 10 lakh EVs running, with about 1,700 charging stations operating across the country.
Besides, Union government bodies like the Ministry of Heavy Industries, National Highways Authority of India, and others, have been actively boosting the use and production of such electric vehicles in the country.
India Now Has Over 10 Lakh EVs
Through a written reply in Lok Sabha on March 31, 2022, the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that over 10 lakh electric vehicles are now operated in the country, with almost 1,700 charging stations.
As of March 25, 2022, there were 10,76,420 electric vehicles running across the country, and the total count of public charging stations in the country stood at 1,742, stated the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
Govt Action Plans on EV Adoption & Ongoing Development
According to Gadkari’s information on this topic on Thursday in Lok Sabha,
- On Jan 14, 2022, the Ministry of Power issued the ‘Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – the revised consolidated Guidelines and Standards’, aimed at the acceleration of e-mobility transition in India.
- The Bureau of Energy Efficiency or BEE has prepared action plans for 8 cities in the country, with a population of over 4 million. They include Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat, and Pune.
- The action plan has prepared scenario-wise targets for Business as Usual (BAU) and Moderate and Aggressive Scenarios for successful installation of charging stations in these cities.
- The Ministry of Heavy Industries or MHI has invited proposals from PSUs or any govt organizations for building and operating public EV charging infrastructure on expressways and National Highways, under the FAME India Scheme Phase-II for Highways and Expressways.
Inputs from ANI