GREEN GOVT: E-ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions will not need li­cence

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NEW DELHI: The power min­istry has cat­e­gorised charg­ing bat­ter­ies of elec­tric ve­hi­cles as a ser­vice, a move which will help such sta­tions op­er­ate with­out li­cence and en­cour­age the use of e-ve­hi­cles. Trans­mis­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion and trad­ing of elec­tric­ity need li­cences under the Elec­tric­ity Act. There­fore, all util­i­ties have to seek li­cences for sale of power to con­sumers.

The min­istry said in a clar­i­fi­ca­tion that dur­ing the charg­ing of e-ve­hi­cles, a sta­tion does not per­form any ac­tiv­ity re­lated to the trans­mis­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion or trad­ing of elec­tric­ity. “Hence charg­ing of bat­ter­ies of elec­tric ve­hi­cles through charg­ing sta­tion does not any re­quire li­cence under the pro­vi­sion of the Elec­tric­ity Act 2003,” it said.

It is a pro­gres­sive step, said So­hin­der Gill, Di­rec­tor Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, So­ci­ety of Man­u­fac­tur­ers of Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles (SMEV). It was one of the ma­jor im­ped­i­ments in the way of build­ing a charg­ing ecosys­tem in the coun­try, he said, adding that SMEV re­quests the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress other re­lated is­sues like ac­qui­si­tion of land, along with phys­i­cal and non-phys­i­cal in­cen­tives. Last month, Power and New and Re­new­able En­ergy Min­is­ter R K Singh had said, “We will come up shortly with a pol­icy, in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tory frame­work and tech­ni­cal stan­dards on e-ve­hi­cles. Besides, we also have a plan for elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture in the next 15-20 days for set­ting up charg­ing sta­tions along cor­ri­dors to be iden­ti­fied.”

The clar­i­fi­ca­tion, how­ever, does not pro­vide more de­tails like av­er­age cost of sup­ply of power.

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