100 electric charging stations in Kerala by December, according to Minister, Auto News, ET Auto
As gasoline prices continue to rise, the Government of Kerala is determined to implement its electric vehicle policy as at least 100 electric charging stations will be open to the public throughout the state of by the end of December, said Electricity Minister K Krishnankutty.
Elaborating on the steps taken to effectively implement the left government’s electric vehicle policy, Krishnankutty said ten new charging stations have been installed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) in the town of Kozhikode for the public where they can scan and pay the money. using a cell phone.
Krishnankutty told PTI that the KSEB has also issued an order to only lease electric vehicles for its official purposes and that ANERT has already handed over 30 electric vehicles to various government departments in the state.
The Agency for Unconventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) is a state government agency that already operates several charging stations across Kerala.
“We will open 100 charging stations across Kerala by the end of December. KSEB has erected charging stations near car stands in Kozhikode at ten locations in the city. Payment can be made via a mobile application and automatically recharge vehicles. In the same station, two-wheelers can also be charged, “said the minister.
The city of Kozhikode has the largest number of electronic rickshaws, which prompted the Electricity Council to launch its pilot project of charging stations in the city.
The charging station requires very less space, similar to a utility pole, and if effective it would revolutionize the electric vehicle scenario in the state. KSEB plans to expand it soon beyond the town of Kozhikode.
A senior KSEB official said that the customer will be charged Rs 15 per unit while in other states rates rise to Rs 22 per unit. Currently, KSEB has six charging stations in the state.
“KSEB has already opened six charging stations while 36 more will be opened very soon. ANERT will open 20 more during this fiscal year,” said the official.
Understanding the need for charging stations to promote the use of electric vehicles, KSEB also decided to allow private entrepreneurs to operate the same.
“If an individual installs a charging station, he must give KSEB 5 Rs per unit. However, for the public the charge is Rs 15 per unit. In some other states, private actors charge Rs 22 per unit, “the official said.
Initially, KSEB’s charging stations were free for customers.
“We need to encourage the use of electric vehicles in the state. Gasoline and diesel prices are rising every day these days. Rising fuel prices are derailing the family budget. When a family has to spend money. Rs 500 for fuel, electric vehicles will only cost you Rs 50, “the minister said.
The price of gasoline for the third day in a row was increased by 25 paise a liter and that of diesel by 30 paise on Sunday, according to a price notification from state-owned fuel retailers. In eight price increases since September 24, diesel prices have increased by 2.15 paise per liter. The price of gasoline has increased by Rs 1.25 per liter in five installments this week. Prices differ from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxes.
Krishnankutty said ANERT had already provided 30 electric vehicles to various government departments for rental as part of the left government’s carbon neutral governance program.
“At least 20 additional vehicles will be provided by November,” he said.
The KSEB has already decided to scrap its own old vehicles used for official purposes and gradually replace them with electric vehicles. A decree was issued last September to only rent electric vehicles under contract for the KSEB.
“… the meeting decided to sanction a floating tender for the rental of 200 electric vehicles for the officers of KSEBL among the executive engineers and above in the first phase and 1000 Nos of vehicles special purpose with specifications (as per annex) for section and other field offices in phase two, ”reads the order released on September 22.
In line with the state government’s electric vehicle policy, KSRTC, the state-run road transport company has plans to transition its entire fleet of over 6,000 buses to vehicles. electric by 2025. There are electric charging stations at the main KSRTC bus depots. .
The state government is also preparing to increase the adoption of electric vehicles for its official vehicle fleet. KSEB plans to work with the state government to set up charging stations in all district headquarters as well as other major government offices.