New Delhi (NVI): Having officially achieved hundred per cent electrification of rural bharat last year, India is now betting big on electrification of its vehicles and is moving fast to put in place the required policy framework and infrastructure for the purpose in not so distant future.
Giving impetus to this intent, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) organised a one-day international workshop in association with the International Energy Agency (IEA) here on Tuesday and offered a suite of solutions to the government with respect to “Policy Framework to deploy Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure,” an official statement said.
Drawing from domestic and global experiences, the workshop provided an overview of the policy options available to Government at different levels such as incentives, amendments to urban planning requirements and removal of barriers to enhance the pace of deployment of EV charging infrastructure across the country.
The workshop mooted a coordinated approach to bring together technology solutions with appropriate enabling policies and framework to help fast track deployment of public EV charging infrastructure commensurate with EV growth and the fast-changing power systems in the country.
While addressing the workshop DG, BEE Abhay Bakre said that we wanted this workshop to be highly focused for those countries who decided to contribute in EV’s or any mobility in a gradual manner and how they can come up with different proportions.
“Now whether it’ll be a regulatory framework, policies or any intentions which they wanted can be deployed later. It will also allow markets to help the research institutions to develop and deploy such infrastructure,” he said
“We also wanted to take a step ahead in creating possibilities for such companies or markets to reduce the consumption of the crude oil, fossil fuels and rely on the renewable energy. Apart from this, to discuss the norms of solar heater and solar panels which will be added in our list and which eventually will be put into action,” he added.
Ministry of Power Joint secretary Vivek Kumar Dewangan said that we have achieved a milestone last year of hundred percent electrification of villages and we aim to provide environmentally sustainability twentyfour hours power supply and therefore also commit to increase the share of renewable energy. Back during a conference in April 2018 ,it was decided that charging of electric vehicle will be considered as a service which everyone can setup in India.
“We have also upgraded the technical and safety norm for charging infrastructure of electronic vehicles and have deliberated BEE as the single nodal agency for the implementation of charging infrastructure set up in India,” he said
He further said that with the view of promoting electric mobility as a viable substitute to conventional modes of commuting, Ministry of Power has taken path breaking decisions over the past two years like obviating the need of a License for setting up of charging stations (enabling any entity to set up a charging station without need of a license) and issuing Guidelines & Standards for deployment of Public Charging Infrastructure in the country.
He added that ministry has encouraged industry partners and always consulted while formulating such policy decisions. We welcome feedback and ideas from all stakeholders to strengthen our efforts towards promotion of Electric Mobility in the country.
He also added that ministry is of the view that adopting the latest technologies and best practices being followed globally would be key approach in boosting India’s efforts towards deployment of a sustainable Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure.
According to IEA globally the number of charging points have grown by around 44% between 2017 and 2018 reaching an estimated 5.2 million points in the year 2019. A coordinated approach to bring together technology solutions with appropriate enabling policies and framework is important.
The event aimed at identifying opportunity areas for India to help fast track deployment of public EV charging infrastructure commensurate with EV growth and the fast-changing power systems in the country.