Discoms observes 280 places in Delhi to boost electronic vehicles

NEW DELHI: In line with the 2019 Delhi Electric Vehicles Policy, the discoms in the capital are considering a network of more than 280 charging stations for electronic vehicles (EV) at the end of this year.

While Tata Power, which has 12 charging stations, is planning 50 new ones, the two BSES facilities are trying to add 179 to their existing infrastructure. BSES, which now has 45 stations, expects to get nine more by March 31, bringing the count to 54.

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BSES has partnered with several organizations to establish intelligent charging stations for electric vehicles in their licensed areas, an official said. A Tata Power official said that, as the Delhi government had focused on increasing the use of electric vehicles over the next five years, vehicles that run on clean fuel would need these additional charging stations for trouble-free operation.

The electronic vehicle policy aims to curb vehicular pollution by adding five EV lakh in five years and focuses on its key contributors: two-wheelers, shared transport vehicles and freight carriers or cargo vehicles. To improve Delhi's air quality by reducing emissions from the transport sector, the policy wants to boost the rapid adoption of battery-powered electric vehicles in such a way that they constitute 25% of new vehicle registrations by 2024.

The Delhi government itself has been targeting the induction of 35,000 two, three and four wheel electric vehicles, 1,000 electric vehicles for last mile connectivity and 250 public charging and battery exchange stations.

The BSES official said the company had signed a memorandum of understanding with Ola Electric to establish battery charging and exchange stations in mutually identified locations. “While BSES Rajdhani Power Limited will establish stations in the south and west of Delhi, BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) will do so in east and central Delhi to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the city. Two- and three-wheelers may use both services at these stations. Electric cars can also be charged at some of these stations, ”he added.

The battery exchange stations will virtually eliminate the waiting time for charging, thus eliminating a significant impediment in the adoption of electric vehicles. Such measures will provide the much-needed trigger to increase the penetration of electric vehicles in Delhi and contribute greatly to reduce pollution, the official said.

However, space limitations can be an obstacle to establishing more charging stations. “It can pose a small challenge in certain pockets when the amount of electric vehicles increases significantly. The authorities and several proprietary agencies will have to prove land for more stations, ”said the official.