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Electric vehicle charging station installations are soon set to get a boost by EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited). The company is planning on setting up over 2000 charging stations across India by the end of FY 2020-21.
EESL states that the project to install charging stations has been taken up by the company as part of a joint venture of PSUs, under the Ministry of Power. The project is said to help boost the e-mobility ecosystem in the country and improve demand for electric vehicles in the coming years.
According to the company, they have already installed over 300 electric vehicle charging stations in India. However, many of them are yet to commence operations as services were disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown across the country.
Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, told IANS,
"We have resolved the supply-side constraints. Most of the new charging stations will become operational soon. We have exceeded our target of EV charging stations for FY20. Now we have over 300 such charging stations across the country."
"Our installation plans have not at all slowed down. In fact, this year (FY21) we have set a target of 2,000 charging stations. With the supply side back on track, we will be able to achieve this target."
Kumar also stated that during the current fiscal, the company aims to install around 500 charging stations in the Delhi-NCR region. The company also has plans to setup over 10,000 charging facilities across India over the next two or three years.
As part of the setting up of electric vehicle charging stations, EESL will be getting land free of cost by municipal authorities of cities to setup the public charging stations. The company in return will operate the stations for 10 years and pay the land rental to the authorities for every kilowatt-hour the company uses.
EESL has collaborated with state-run companies, both public and private to setup public EV charging station infrastructure. This includes companies such as Maha-Metro, BHEL, HPCL, Apollo Hospitals and others. The company has also partnered with many local civic bodies as well in cities such as Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chennai and Noida; among a few others as well.
Thoughts About EESL Setting Up 2000 EV Charging Stations In India
EESL will soon start carrying out its plans of setting up EV charging stations across the country, which had been disrupted for the past two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. With India moving towards e-mobility in the future, the EV charging stations will act as a much-required boost to electric vehicle sales in the country.