DISCOMs have been directed to provide electricity connection to PCS in accordance with the timelines specified...

The Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India has issued a revised version of “Charging Infrastructure for Electric vehicles consolidated Guidelines & Standards.” These Guidelines and Standards seek to proactively support creation of EV Charging Infrastructure, provide for affordable tariff chargeable from Public EV Charging station operators/owners and EV owners, enable EV owners to charge EVs at their residence/offices using their existing electricity connections, provide a revenue sharing model for land use to make operation of an EV Public Charging Station financially viable, prescribe timelines for providing connectivity for the Public Charging Station (PCS) and for rollout of EV Public Charging Infrastructure, outline the infrastructure requirements for Public Charging Infrastructure. There are a number of salient features in the new Guidelines and Standards.

Some of the salient features of the guideline include: Tariff for supply of electricity for Public Charging Station (PCS) shall be a single part tariff and shall not exceed “Average Cost of Supply” till 31st March, 2025. DISCOMs may leverage on funding from the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) under “Part A – Distribution Infrastructure” for the general upstream network augmentation necessitated due to the upcoming charging infrastructure in various areas. The cost of such works carried out by the DISCOMs with the financial assistance from Government of India under Revamped Scheme shall not be charged from the consumers for Public Charging Stations for EVs. Housing Societies, Malls, Office Complexes, Restaurants, Hotels, etc. are allowed to install PCS for charging of vehicles including charging of visitor’s vehicles permitted to come in its premises.

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