India’s first highway corridors for EV’s by March 2020

This article was published on : July 24, 2019

As India moves ahead with the aim of having electric vehicles by the next decade, the nation’ first highway corridors with charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to come up along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways by 2020, as per government officials close to the development.

The combined stretch of the corridors on the Yamuna Expressway (between Delhi and Agra) and the National Highway 48 (between Delhi and Jaipur) will be 500 km, and 18 charging stations will be setup near toll plazas on the two routes, the official said.

According to media reports, eighteen charging stations will be setup on the two routes. Eight will be between Delhi-Agra and 10 between Delhi-Jaipur. Besides charging their vehicles, people can also change batteries. These stations will be developed near toll plazas. Every station will have eight to 10 chargers and 20 charging points. On a full charge, an SUV-like vehicle can travel 180 km, while a DC charger takes around 1.25 hours to fully charge such a vehicle.

Developing a single charging station would cost somewhere around Rs two crore and the electricity charges would be extra. Developing a km stretch of a four-lane highway costs anywhere between Rs 14 crore and Rs 20 crore. The normal power tariff comes to Rs 6 to Rs 8 per unit across states. We are trying to get uniform rates across the states for the project as it progresses,” Sinha added.

Vehicle growth in India has been rapid in recent years, with ownership per 1,000 population increasing from 53 in 2001 to 167 in 2015, according to 2018 NITI Aayog report ‘Zero Emission Vehicles: Towards a Policy Framework’.

While stressing on the need for switching to cleaner technology in the transport sector, the report assumed that Rs 1.2 lakh crore could be saved in imported crude oil if two-wheelers alone adopt electric mode of operation.

The government expects 25 per cent of the total vehicles on roads will be electric vehicles by 2030, necessitating to erect robust electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country, according to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. The ministry had made amendments to the Model Building Byelaws (MBBL) 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines 2014, making provisions for establishing EV charging infrastructure.

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