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To encourage the use of electric vehicles, the Indian Railways has come up with a plan to set up electric vehicle charging stations. The charging points will be installed in the parking lots of the train stations. The move from Indian Railways will further improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the country.
Initially, the charging stations will be set up at New Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations. According to a senior Railway Ministry official the preparations are already underway to install charging points. As per the plan, the charging stations will get five fast-charging DC points capable of charging ten electric cars.
Usually, the AC chargers take around six hours to fully charge a regular electric vehicle, whereas the DC chargers are fast and take only 40 to 60 minutes to charge an electric vehicle. The charging points at Railway stations will be an added advantage for electric vehicles, and with the fast-charging capability, it should encourage the use of the zero-emission vehicles.
The electric vehicle charging stations will be set up by BSES - Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL). The Railway Ministry has stated that providing infrastructure for the electric vehicle charging stations will cost around Rs 15 lakh and each DC charging point will cost Rs 3 lakh. BRPL will operate these charging stations, and the tariff will be set by Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).
A Railway official said, "The EV charging points at the two railway stations will not only generate revenue for the national transporter, but it will also reduce emission of greenhouse gases, "thereby reducing Indian Railways' carbon footprint and helping the country achieve targets set in Paris Agreement for combating climate change."
The latest move from the Indian Railway Ministry is in line with government's aim to reduce the import of oil in the future. Apart from that, the Railway Ministry will also use the electric vehicle charging stations as a source of revenue. The electric vehicles parked in the parking lots will be charged alongside the electricity tariffs.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The EV Charging Points At Railway Stations
The Indian government has been encouraging the use of electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions and import of oil to the country. Now, the charging points at Railway stations will be the part of plan to push the use of green vehicles. The biggest advantage will be the fast-charging capability of the charging points, which means you can charge your EV in a matter of an hour. Will this move help the growth of electric vehicle in India? Only time will tell.