Govt. comes out with revised guidelines for EV charging

Govt. comes out with revised guidelines for EV charging

New Delhi India January 15 ANI The government has come out with revised guidelines and standards for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles that allow owners to use their existing power connections at home and offices for charging their vehicles, the Union Ministry of Power said on Saturday.

In a significant step, owners can charge their electric vehicles at their residence offices using their existing electricity connections. Infrastructure requirements for public charging infrastructure as well as for public charging infrastructure for long-range EVs and heavy duty EVs have been outlined, the ministry said in a statement.

The consolidated Guidelines Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles EV was promulgated by the Union Ministry of Power on January 14, 2022.

Any individual entity can set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license provided that they meet the technical, safety and performance standards and protocols laid down by the guidelines and norms specifications laid down by the Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency BEE and Central Electricity Authority CEA from time to time.

An exhaustive list of compliance requirements for Public Charging Station PCS has also been outlined. These include norms for appropriate infrastructure for civil, electricity, and safety requirements.

The goal is to enable faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable charging infrastructure and eco-system. This would promote energy security and reduce emission intensity in the country by promotion of the entire EV ecosystem, the ministry said.

The guidelines have been made more technology-agnostic by providing not only the prevailing international charging standards available in the market, but also the new Indian charging standards.

A revenue-sharing model has been put in place for land used for charging stations to address the challenge of making a charging station financially viable in the period of growth of Electric Vehicles. Land available to the government public entities is provided for installation of Public Charging Stations on a revenue-sharing basis at a fixed rate of 1 kWh used for charging to the land-owning agency from such PCS business on a quarterly basis.