The Department of Energy has unveiled revised standards to support the creation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with the aim of enabling faster adoption of electric vehicles in the country by ensuring a safe and reliable ecosystem. The revised guidelines include allowing owners of electric vehicles to charge them at their home/office using their existing electrical connections and removing licenses for setting up electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“The Union Department of Energy promulgated the Revised Consolidated Guidelines and Standards for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure on January 14, 2022,” a statement from the Department of Energy said on Saturday. “The aim is to enable faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring a safe, reliable, accessible and affordable charging infrastructure and ecosystem,” he added.
Infrastructure requirements for public charging infrastructure as well as public charging infrastructure for long-range electric vehicles and/or heavy electric vehicles have been defined, he said. Any person/entity is free to install public charging stations without the requirement of a license, provided that these stations comply with technical, security and performance standards and protocols. An exhaustive list of compliance requirements for public charging stations (PCS) has also been established. These include standards for “appropriate” infrastructure for civil, electrical and safety requirements.
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The guidelines have been made even more technology-neutral by providing not only for current international pricing standards available in the market, but also for new Indian pricing standards. In order to meet the challenge of making a charging station financially viable in the period of EV growth, a revenue sharing model was put in place for the land used for this purpose. Land available from government/public entities shall be provided for the installation of PCS to a government/public entity on a revenue sharing basis for the installation of PCS at a fixed rate of 1 Re/kWh (used for invoicing) to be paid to the field – agency owning this business PCS payable on a quarterly basis.
A model revenue sharing agreement has also been included in the guidelines. Such a revenue sharing agreement may be initially entered into by the parties for a period of 10 years. The revenue sharing model can also be adopted by the public land agency to provide the land to a private entity for the installation of public charging stations on the basis of a tender with a floor price of 1 Re /kWh.
The tariff applicable for domestic consumption is applicable for domestic charging. The revised standards provide that since electricity is supplied at preferential rates and taking into account that subsidies are provided by central/state governments in many cases for the provision of public charging stations, the state government must set the cap on the service fee to be recharged through these charging stations. The new standards also provide that any public charging station/chain of charging stations can obtain electricity from any open access generation company.
According to initial estimates, a total of 3,263 chargers in the BAU scenario, 23,524 chargers in the moderate scenario and 46,397 in the aggressive scenario are targeted for the installation of PCS in these cities by 2030. will need to connect with at least one online Network Service Provider (NSP) to enable remote/online pre-booking of charging slots by EV owners.