Gadkari also pointed out that as the charging infrastructure technology is constantly changing, new research and inputs from EV start-ups would be welcome. Giving an example of use of clean energy for EV charging infrastructure, Gadkari said, “The ministry is working on 650 road side amenities on national highways in which 40 facilities have already been commissioned. Solar energy is being used in these facilities. At the same time, wind power is being used to provide electricity to charging stations in some areas of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
He told in the house, the government will start projects in a phased manner for the use of clean energy in the metros of the country. Gadkari said that in these projects, major cities of the country, state capitals, union territories headquarters can be selected to operate with clean energy in the next 3-4 years. Apart from this, a plan has been prepared to operate the national highways and expressways connecting major cities with clean energy.
Gadkari informed the House that EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited), a central government undertaking, has been entrusted with the task of setting up EV charging stations on 16 National Highways and Expressways in association with Convergence Energy Services (CESL).
Recently, the National Highways Authority of India (NHI) signed an MoU with EESL, according to which NHI will be provided space, land and its buildings near toll plazas for setting up EV charger units on revenue-sharing model. Will be done
According to the latest data from the Vahan Portal, there are 10,76,42 electric vehicles registered in the country. At the same time, according to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a total of 1,742 public charging stations are in operation. Under the FAME scheme launched for electric vehicles, a subsidy of Rs 1,119 crore has been given to 3,01,247 electric vehicles till March 31, 2022.
The central government has approved Rs 10,000 crore for the second phase of the FAME scheme starting from April 1, 2019. Out of the total budgetary support, about 86 per cent amount has been allocated for demand incentives to generate demand for electric vehicles in the country.