India's first road corridors for electronic vehicles are expected by March 2020

NEW DELHI: India's first highway corridors with charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to emerge along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi- Agra highways by 2020, an official said.

The combined section of the corridors in the (between Delhi and Agra , and National Highway 48 (between Delhi and Jaipur) will have 500 km, and 18 loading stations will be installed near the toll plazas on the two routes, said the official.

It is proposed that electronic brokers are the first in the EODB of the Advanced Services for Social and Administrative Reforms (ASSAR), a private entity that has the support of the central government, an official that participates in the project. He said.

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The project consists of converting 500 km of highways into electric corridors with facilities for charging electric vehicles. Tests in these corridors are expected to begin in September and begin in March 2020, said the Director of the National EODB Program at ASSAR, Abhijeet Sinha, said.

Eighteen charging stations will be setup on the two routes.Eight will be between Delhi-Agra and 10 between Delhi-Jaipur.Besides charging their vehicles, people can also change batteries, I have told PTI.

These stations will be developed close to the toll plazas. Each station will have between eight and ten chargers and 20 charging points, said Sinha.

In a full charge, an SUV-like vehicle it can travel 180 km, he said, adding that a DC charger takes approximately 1.25 hours to fully charge. vehicle .

Six more cargo stations have been proposed between Pari Chowk and Delhi, a region that has a dense population. We have made a recommendation in this regard to the Noida Authority to facilitate land, said Sinha, who is also Director of Programs for NHEV (National Electric Vehicle Roads) 2020.

On the cost of the entire project, he said that developing one would cost around two million rupees and that the electricity charges would be additional.

The development of a kilometer stretch of a four-lane highway costs between Rs 14 crore and Rs 20 crore, he said, citing official statistics.

The normal energy rate comes from Rs 6 to Rs 8 per unit in all states. We are trying to get uniform rates in all states for the project as it progresses, Sinha added.

Vehicle growth in India has been rapid in recent years, with ownership per 1,000 population increasing from 53 in 2001 to 167 in 2015, according to 2018 report 'Zero Emission Vehicle s: Towards a Policy Framework'. While stressing on the need for switching to cleaner technology in the transport sector, the report assumed that Rs 1.2 lakh crore could be saved in imported crude oil if two-wheelers alone adopt electric mode of operation.

Sinha said the immediate focus is towards developing infrastructure for electric vehicle s in the country.

In the initial stages, the plan is to attract larger fleet operators, such as state transport and taxi services, he added.

Earlier this year, the central government had issued a set of guidelines to set up charging stations for electric vehicle s across the country, outlining ways to build such fuelling points every 25 km.

The government expects 25 per cent of the total vehicle s on roads will be electric vehicle s by 2030, necessitating to erect robust electric vehicle (EV) cargo infrastructure throughout the country, according to the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Housing of the Union.

The Ministry made modifications to the 2014 Guidelines for the Model Building Model (MBBL) and the Regional Urban Development Plans (URDPFI), taking measures to establish VE's cargo infrastructure.