A total of 25 electric charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) have been installed in Bengaluru, Karnataka as a pilot project, the government said.
The electric charging stations project in Bengaluru will be set up under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles (FAME).
"Under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) Scheme of the government, 25 charging stations have been installed at six different locations in Bengaluru by Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicles Pvt," Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The electric charging stations have been installed in six different locations by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, the sole manufacturers of electric cars in India as a pilot project.
Under the FAME proposal, charging infrastructure in select cities and locations will be sanctioned by the Department of Heavy Industries, the minister said.
The supply of electricity in e-mobility business, including setting up of vehicle charging infrastructure, is also included in the long-term corporate plan of NTPC, Goyal added.
Mr Goyal added that the Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee had approved multiple other projects as well. Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited (BHEL) had proposed to set up 100 charging stations across Delhi-NCR, while the Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) had offered to set up 200 units across NCR, Jaipur and Chandigarh.
Also, other projects to set up more charging stations in the Delhi-NCR region were approved and will be undertaken in cooperation between Mahindra Reva, Asia Electric, and Ola and Lithium Urban Technologies.
The government's initiative through FAME scheme to install electric stations in cities in India comes as a boost to its vision to go electric in the automobile industry by 2030.