NEW DELHI: Cars of Indian brands will easily be charged at newly installed 25 e-vehicle charging stations in Lutyens’ Delhi. “Cars of Indian brands such as Mahindra and Tata, which have already introduced a range of electric cars in markets, will have no problem at these stations.
These stations will have direct current chargers which will take less time in comparison to alternating current (AC) charger to get the vehicle fully charged,” said NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar.
At present, there are about 1,000 electric cars in Delhi, of them more than 50% vehicles are used by officials at the government departments. “To minimise air pollution in city, we aim to encourage people to buy more electric vehicles by simplifying process for charging them. Based on the performance of these stations, steps will be taken to scale up the number of stations in future,” said Kumar.
To avoid chaos at these stations, NDMC will make booking slots at the stations via 311 app mandatory. “To save users from standing in long queues, we have made arrangements to accept advance booking on 311 app for charging cars while payment of bills can be made using the payment gateway system,” said an NDMC official.
In phase-II, the civic agency will set up stations for charging cars manufactured by foreign companies such as Toyota, Nissan and BMW. NDMC will instal nine stations by March-end.
“These stations will have combined charging system (CCS), each of 50 kilowatt capacity. The CCS charger are even faster than DC charger and take just 30 minutes to fully charge a vehicle. But only the vehicles, which have full system in place, can use these chargers,” said the official.
Experts said that unless a detailed guideline, which covers all aspects and situation in different states is prepared, ambiguity will continue to exist.
For example, while Delhi Electric Regulatory Authority (DERC) has a fixed rate for supplying commercial connections at subsidised rates of Rs 5.50 per unit to charging stations, the cost of infrastructure has not been considered at all. Lack of clarity will only demotivate private players to invest in the scheme,” said Kamal Soi from National Road Safety Council.
Delhi has a total 1.09 crore registered vehicles, including over 70 lakh two-wheelers, according to Delhi’s Economic Survey 2018-19 report. “Of the total, the number of electric vehicles is very less. To promote the concept, more and more charging stations should be set up in city (run by a private company),” said Soi.