The government approves 2,636 new charging stations in 62 cities: Prakash Javadekar

NEW DELHI: The government has sanctioned the establishment of 2,636 charging stations in 62 cities in 24 states and territories of the Union under the FAME India scheme that will encourage original equipment manufacturers to launch new models of electric vehicles, Minister of the Union Prakash Javadekar He said Friday.

The department had invited the entities to express their interest in taking advantage of the incentives of the FAME India Scheme Phase II to deploy charging stations in the cities.

When installing all these charging stations, at least one is expected to be available in most of the selected cities on a 4 km x 4 km grid, which will increase the confidence of users of electric vehicles in terms of anxiety over the scope and this will also encourage original equipment manufacturers to launch new models of electric vehicles that doubted the lack of charging infrastructure, said the minister of heavy industries and public companies.

Under the second phase of the FAME India scheme (faster adoption and manufacture of electric vehicles in India), 317 EV charging stations have been sanctioned in Maharashtra, 266 in Andhra Pradesh, 256 in Tamil Nadu, 228 in Gujarat, 205 in Rajasthan, 207 in Uttar Pradesh, 172 in Karnataka, 159 in Madhya Pradesh, 141 in West Bengal, 138 in Telangana, 131 in Kerala, 72 in Delhi, 70 in Chandigarh, 50 in Haryana, 40 in Meghalaya, 37 in, 29 in Sikkim, 25 each in Jammu, Srinagar and Chhattisgarh, 20 in Assam, 18 in Odisha and 10 in Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Himachal Pradesh.

The letters of sanction to the selected entities will be issued in phases after guaranteeing the availability of land for charging stations, the signing of the necessary agreements/memoranda of understanding with the interested partner organizations, such as municipal corporations/discoms/oil companies, etc. .

Subsequently, the selected public entities are required to start the acquisition process temporarily for the deployment of sanctioned charging stations.

The heavy industry department had invited expressions of interest from large cities, smart cities, capitals of state/union territories and cities of special category states to present a proposal of incentives available under the FAME India Scheme Phase II for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure within cities.

In response, about 106 proposals from public/private entities were received for the deployment of approximately 7,000 EV charging stations. After evaluating these proposals according to the EoI, following the advice of the project implementation and sanction committee (PISC), the government sanctioned 2,636 charging stations to 62 cities sent by 19 public entities to 24 states.

Of these 2,636 charging stations, 1,633 will be fast charging stations, while the remaining 1,003 slow charging stations. Around 14,000 chargers will be installed in the selected cities.