EV charging infra at metro stations soon

HYDERABAD: In sync with the electric vehicle (EV) push of the Union government, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) along with its partners announced that it will be setting up EV charging infrastructure at Metro stations in the city. The tripartite agreement to carry out the task was inked between infra giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), HMRL and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) on Saturday.

HMRL managing director NVS Reddy said the first EV charging infrastructure will be up and running at Metro station in the next 15 days, following which the other 23 stations will be covered phase-wise. To start with, Miyapur Metro station will have three charging units set up by PGCIL in the parking lot.

Reddy claimed that HMRL has parking facilities in all the 24 Metro stations and more than half of the total parking area is lying vacant. “It will take about 45 minutes to charge an EV car. Once we have the facility, we hope more people will be encouraged to switch over to EVs. As demand picks up, we will scale up the charging infrastructure,” he said, adding that in the next few months it will also offer battery swapping facilities.

While the exact cost of the usage of this facility has not yet been worked out, Reddy said people will be spending a “fraction” of what they shell out on diesel or petrol. A senior PGCIL official pointed out that it is the first time an EV charging infrastructure is being put up at a Metro station and if the company receives encouraging response from Hyderabad, it will replicate it in other cities having Metro connectivity. “We are talking to Chennai as well as Delhi Metro,” a PGCIL official said.

IT and industries department principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said the state government will be unveiling its EV policy on June 29. The policy will be based on the framework of — the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles in India – FAME India — provided by the Union government.

In April this year, the Union government had extended the FAME India Scheme for an additional six months as it is yet to finalise and allocate resources to implement the phase two of the scheme.

Under this scheme, about 99000 hybrid/electric vehicles have been given direct support by way of demand incentives since the launch on April 1, 2015. The government has also approved pilot projects, charging infrastructure projects and technological development projects aggregating to nearly Rs 155 crore.

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