Andhra Govt’s Big Reform To Augment Electric Vehicle Market

Electric Vehicles

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it would delicense electric vehicle charging stations across the state to give a boost to the electric mobility infrastructure in the state.

Recently, The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), an agency under the Union Ministry of Power, has asked the State government to focus on creating charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, which will be promoted on a massive scale in the next 5 to 10 years. In response, the Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) is planning a pilot project to set up charging stations at suitable locations, which are being identified.

According to a TOI report, any individual or entity in the state can install charging stations for electric vehicles without applying for a license to operate as is seen for petrol pumps and CNG stations. The state government has appointed the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) as the nodal agency to promote the adoption of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state.

Abhay Bhakre, the director-general of BEE, said that an individual or the respective distribution company should ensure power connectivity and that the public charging stations meet the standards and safety regulations.

Taking this initiative forward, the BEE has started the ‘Go Electric’ campaign to promote electric vehicles across India.

Besides this, demand from electric vehicles could greatly improve the lower plant load factor, which is due to lower capacity utilization. It could help improve the utilization factor as the charging of electric vehicle users is mainly during the non-peak hours. This will improve the financial condition of power utilities too,  Abhay Bhakre noted. He also observed that air pollution from vehicles in urban areas has grown at an alarming rate, posing serious health and environmental problems.

In August 2019, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced that it would install EV charging stations at a regular interval of 250 km stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh, under the government’s FAME scheme. The government has proposed an investment of 10K Cr over the next three years to support the electric vehicle market with 10 Lakh two-wheelers, 55K four-wheelers and 7K businesses that run on lithium-ion batteries.

For the record, the BEE has been appointed as a nodal agency by the Union Ministry of Power to take up a campaign in view of a new proposal that aims to have electric three-wheelers operating in the country by 2023, and electric two-wheelers by 2025.

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