From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : FAME India Scheme
Mains level : Facilitating early adoption of EVs in India
- Power ministry has revised guidelines for setting up charging infra for EVs.
Why such move?
- Lack of charging infrastructure is one of the main reasons behind poor adoption of electric mobility in India.
- As the State Transport Units (STUs) have started operating electric busses on different routed lack of charging infrastructure has proven to be a significant road block.
Highlights of the revised guidelines
- At least one Charging Station to be available in a grid of 3 Km x 3 Km in the cities and one Charging Station at every 25 Km on both sides of highways/roads.
- All Mega Cities & expressways connected to these Mega Cities to be taken up for coverage in first phase, other big cities to be taken up in second phase.
- For inter-city travel, Fast Charging Station to be installed at every 100 km.
- Separate charging stations for heavy electric vehicles like buses or trucks after every 100 km on both sides of highways.
- Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under Ministry of Power has been nominated as the Central Nodal Agency to facilitate installation of Charging Infrastructure.
- These Revised Guidelines and Specifications for charging infrastructure shall supersede the earlier guidelines and standards.