Private charging at homes, offices allowed for EVs

Private charging at residences and offices has been permitted under the revised guidelines for charging infrastructure aimed at faster adoption of electric vehicles in the country.

Setting up of public charging stations shall be a delicenced activity and any individual or entity is free to set up public charging stations provided they meet technical, safety and performance standards as well as all protocols outlined by various authorities, the revised guidelines said.

Any person seeking to set up a public charging station may apply for connectivity and it shall be provided on priority by the distribution company, according to the revised guidelines issued by the power ministry.

“We have tried to address the concerns of EV owners in new guidelines” power minister R K Singh said and expressed hope that the revised guidelines will encourage faster adoption of EVs in India.

In order to address the range of issues of electric vehicle owners, phase-wise installation of an appropriate network of charging infrastructure throughout the country has been envisaged in the guidelines, ensuring that at least one charging station should be available in a grid of 3 km x 3 km in cities and one at every 25 km on both sides of highways/roads.

It has been envisaged that in the first phase (1-3 years), all mega cities with population of 4 million plus as per census 2011 and all expressways connected to these cities may be taken up for coverage, while in the second phase (3-5 years), big cities such as state capitals, UT headquarters may be covered.

Important highways connected with these mega cities may also be taken up for coverage. To address concerns of inter-city travel and long range and/or heavy duty EVs, it has been provided that fast charging station for long range and/or heavy duty EVs like buses/trucks etc shall be installed at every 100 km. They shall be installed one on each side of the highway/road located preferably within or alongside the public charging stations (PCS).

Assuming that most of the charging of EVs would take place at homes or at offices where the decision of using fast or slow chargers would rest on the consumer, it has been clarified in the guidelines that private charging at residences/offices shall be permitted and discoms help set them up.

The tariff to be charged, from public charging stations as well as from domestic consumers for domestic charging by the discoms and the service charges to be charged by these PCS from EV users have also been covered in the guidelines.

It has been provided that the domestic charging shall be similar to domestic consumption of electricity and shall be charged as such. However, in case of PCS, it has been recommended that tariff for supply of electricity to PCS shall be determined by the appropriate commission in accordance with the tariff policy issued under Section 3 of the Electricity Act, 2003.