Union Ministry of Power Issues New Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for EV

Recently, the Union Ministry of Power has promulgated the revised consolidated Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV). The objective is to enable faster adoption of electric […] The post Union Ministry of Power Issues New Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for EV appeared first on EMobility+.

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Recently, the Union Ministry of Power has promulgated the revised consolidated Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV). The objective is to enable faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible, and affordable Charging Infrastructure and eco-system. This would also promote energy security and reduction of emission intensity of the country by promoting the entire EV ecosystem.

These guidelines include provisions for individual owners of Electric Vehicles and for Public Charging Stations (PCS). Now owners may charge their Electric Vehicles at their residences or offices using their existing electricity connections. Infrastructure requirements for Public Charging Infrastructure as well as for Public Charging Infrastructure for long-range EVs and/or heavy duty EVs have been outlined in the revised guidelines.

The guidelines differentiate Domestic charging, Public Charging, and Captive Charging and their charging protocols. Any entity or individual can set up public charging stations as long as it meets all the safety and technical protocols laid down by the Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and Central Electricity Authority (CEA), without any license.

In order to address the challenge of making a charging station financially viable in the period of growth of Electric Vehicles, a revenue-sharing model has been put in place for land used for the same. Land available with the Government/Public entities shall be provided for installation of Public Charging Stations to a Government/Public entity on a revenue-sharing basis for the installation of Public Charging Station at a fixed rate of ₹ 1 / kWh (used for charging) to be paid to the Land-Owning Agency from such PCS business payable on a quarterly basis.

A Model Revenue Sharing agreement has also been included under the guidelines. Such revenue-sharing agreements may be initially entered by parties for a period of 10 years. The Revenue Sharing Model may also be adopted by the public Land-owning agency for providing the land to a private entity for installation of Public Charging Stations on a bidding basis with a floor price of ₹ 1 / kWh.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) shall be the Central Nodal Agency for the rollout of EV Public Charging Infrastructure. Every State Government shall nominate a Nodal Agency for that State for setting up charging infrastructure. The State DISCOM shall generally be the Nodal Agency for such purposes. However, State Government shall be free to select a Central/State Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) including Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Urban/Area Development Authorities, etc. as its Nodal Agency.

The State Government shall fix the ceiling of Service Charges to be charged by such Charging Stations as electricity is being provided at concessional rates and also considering the fact that subsidy is being provided by the Central/State Governments in many cases for setting up Public Charging Stations.

The tariff for supply of electricity to Public EV Charging Stations shall be a single part tariff and shall not exceed the “Average Cost of Supply” till 31st March 2025. The same tariff is applicable for Battery Charging Station (BCS). The tariff applicable for domestic consumption shall be applicable for domestic charging.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) shall create and maintain a national online database of all the Public Charging Stations in consultation with State Nodal Agencies (SNAs). Bureau of Energy Efficiency shall create a Web-Portal/Software/Mobile Application for the database of Public Charging Stations throughout the country.

Public Charging Station will be required to tie up with at least one online Network Service Providers (NSPs) to enable advance remote/online booking of charging slots by EV owners. Such online information to EV owners should also include information regarding location, types, and numbers of chargers installed/available, service charges for EV charging, etc.

Any Public Charging Station/ Chain of Charging Stations may obtain electricity from any generation company through open access. Open Access shall be provided for this purpose within 15 days of receipt of the application complete in all respect. They will be required to pay the applicable surcharge – equal to the current level of cross-subsidy (not more than 20%, as per the Tariff Policy Guidelines), transmission charges, and wheeling charges. No other surcharge or charges shall be levied except mentioned in this provision.

A phase-wise installation has been envisaged under the guidelines. In Phase I (1-3 Years), All Mega Cities with a population of 4 million-plus as per census 2011, all existing expressways connected to these Mega-Cities & important Highways connected with each of these Mega Cities may be taken up for coverage. A list of these Mega Cities and existing connected expressways is prepared already. In Phase II (3-5 Years), Big cities like State Capitals, UT headquarters may also be covered for distributed and demonstrative effect. Further, important Highways connected with each of these Mega Cities may be taken up for coverage.

As part of the endeavor of the Government of India for E-Mobility transition, the Ministry of Power along with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Heavy Industries, and NITI Aayog has launched a nationwide “Go Electric” Campaign to educate the general public on the benefits of e-mobility, inform the potential EV owners about the Government incentives for EV adoption, generate curiosity and transform the same into demand, discredit misinformation against Electric Vehicles and bring together multiple stakeholders under a single platform.

Under the “Go Electric” Campaign, State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) have conducted around 15 Roadshows, 35 Webinars, and various other awareness activities including Radio jingles, EV carnival, hoardings, pamphlets, advertisements on electricity bills in multiple states across the country.

View Official Document of Revised Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for EV

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