Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday released the “Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Handbook”, which will help Delhi residents get step-by-step guidelines for installing electric vehicle charging stations in their premises, according to an official statement.
The initiative will increase affordability and access to EV chargers for ordinary citizens and make the installation process hassle-free.
With the release of the handbook, Delhi has become the first Indian state to make Residential Societies and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) an integral part of its EV mission, the statement said.
Publication of the guide to charging residential electric vehicles
Gahlot, along with Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) Deputy Chairperson, Jasmine Shah, also inaugurated an electric vehicle charging station under RWA’s one-stop shop, Vasant Kunj.
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The minister said the guide will ensure that citizens are well informed about the installation of charging infrastructure and the benefits provided by the government.
“Through our comprehensive EV policy, we not only provide demand-side incentives such as purchase subsidies and interest subsidies, but we have also provided incentives for EV infrastructure development” , Gahlot said in the statement.
The guide addresses common concerns of RWAs, such as space planning not limited to current electric vehicles, choosing the right combination of electric vehicle chargers, electric load management, among others.
One-stop shop, subsidies
As part of the Switch Delhi campaign, the government has developed a one-stop shop for citizens to apply for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and avail subsidies from the comfort of their homes without any hassle, the statement said.
With the subsidy, one can purchase a 3.3 KW LEVAC charger for less than Rs 2,500, compared to the current market price of the charger of over Rs 8,500, he added.
Under the initiative, the three DISCOM, BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL have already formed more than 10 EV charger vendors, who will provide reliable and certified chargers to citizens in accordance with the standards stipulated by the government.
One can submit a request to install an EV charging point in less than five minutes, along with an EV charging connection (if required), via DISCOM’s Switch Delhi webpage.
The government has imposed an electricity tariff of 4.5 rupees per unit for all these electric vehicle connections, which is among the lowest in the country, according to the statement.
Requests are pouring in
As part of this initiative, more than 100 requests have already been received by the three DISCOMs and the installation of 19 EV charging stations has already been completed, including both private and semi-public uses.
The Delhi government launched a comprehensive electric vehicle policy on August 7, 2020 with the aim of promoting faster adoption of electric vehicles in the city and making Delhi the electric vehicle capital of India.
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