The government has announced that it has issued a set of guiding principle to set up charging stations for electric vehicles across the country, outlining ways to build such fuelling points every 25 km, an official declaration said. According to the Union Housing an Urban Affairs Ministry, the government anticipates 25 percent of the total vehicles on roads will be electric vehicles by 2030, requiring to erect healthy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country.
The ministry has made revisions to the Model Building Bye-laws (MBBL) 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines 2014, creating provisions for establishing EV charging infrastructure.
According to the declaration, the guiding principles will act as a guiding document to the state governments and Union Territories (UTs) to integrate the norms and standards of such vehicles in their individual building bye-laws.
It also affirmed that for long range and heavy-duty electric vehicles, there should be at least one station on each side of the highway every 100 kilometers. The government has also promoted for charging points in residential areas. It also confirmed a public charging station should be on both sides of the highways or roads on every 25 km.
“The guidelines on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure have been disseminated to all the State Governments and UT Administrations with the request to revise their Building Bye-laws and Master Plan Regulations,” it acknowledged.
In January, State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced that it will set up a network of solar-based electric vehicle chargers (SEVC) on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway. “The establishment of EV chargers at regular intervals over the entire 250 km stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh would allay range-anxiety among the electric vehicle users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel,” the company said in an announcement.
Each SEVC charging station will be outfitted with a rooftop solar power plant to supply green energy to fast and slow chargers planned to be installed at the location.
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