The Delhi government is working on a plan to implement curbside pricing for electric vehicles on all major roads


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The initiative will start with a pilot project of 100 charging stations evenly distributed among the three DISCOMs. The pilot project will be developed by DDC, and DISCOMs will lead the installation of curbside chargers on PWD roads.

Shri Jasmine Shah, Deputy Chairperson of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDCD), convened a meeting on the implementation of curbside charging for electric vehicles (EVs) in Delhi on Monday and said the government was working on a plan to implement curbside charging for electric vehicles on all major roads.

The initiative will start with a pilot project of 100 charging stations evenly distributed among the three DISCOMs. The pilot project will be developed by DDC, and DISCOMs will lead the installation of curbside chargers on PWD roads.

In Delhi, the PWD maintains 1,400 kilometers of roads and nearly 1 lakh of streetlights. After the test, the rollout will be expanded to the entire Delhi NCT.

During the meeting, Shah said, “As part of Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s vision of making Delhi the electric vehicle capital of India, Delhi has already installed over 2,500 electric vehicle charging points – the most raised in India”.

“This has happened through several innovations. Similarly, Delhi will take the initiative to introduce curbside charging facilities for electric vehicles on all major roads. Curbside charging is another innovative concept that Delhi brings to provide 24/7 access to EV charging at 2W and 3W which have remained the priority segments for us,” she added.

Curbside charging is a new global idea in which electric vehicles can be charged while parked at the curb using streetlights or dedicated charging stations.

Officials from Department of Transport, Department of Public Works, Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and TATA Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) attended in the meeting.

Shah also heads the inter-departmental task force for accelerated deployment of charging infrastructure in Delhi. The Delhi government released a three-year action plan for charging and infrastructure exchange last month, with a target of 18,000 charging stations.

A crucial approach to achieving this goal is to implement curbside charging, which uses Delhi’s existing civic and electrical infrastructure to establish charging points.

It was determined during the meeting that curbside charging will utilize streetlights and substation areas that have or are adjacent to on-street parking.

“The aim is to have EV chargers on all major roads in Delhi. Curbside charging will provide convenient options for the priority segment vehicle in which two-wheelers (2W) and three-wheelers are located. (3W). In addition, it will play an important role for residential settlements that lack designated parking. It can also utilize areas of commercial markets and government offices with on-street parking,” according to a statement released by the commission.

He also pointed out that curbside charging has been successful in places like London and New York, where 30-50% of motorists park on the street at night.

Over 5,500 curbside EV chargers have been built in the UK, with London accounting for 80% of them. Similar pilot initiatives have been conducted in New York.

Speakers at the conference praised the concept. The DISCOMs will choose the route segments where this experience can begin with the installation of 100 EV chargers.

Along with the state EV cell of the Ministry of Transport, Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) would be the state nodal agency for the implementation of the entire project. The Delhi government intends to roll out over 5,000 curbside EV chargers over the next three years.


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