Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday released the “Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Handbook”, which will help Delhi residents get step-by-step guidelines to install electric vehicle charging points in their premises. , according to an official statement. The initiative will increase the affordability and access of EV chargers to ordinary citizens and make the installation process hassle-free.
The statement says that with the release of the handbook, Delhi becomes the first Indian state to make Residential Societies and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) an integral part of its EV mission. 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.
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 RWA concerns like space planning not limited to current EVs, choosing the right mix of EV chargers, electric load management, and more. As part of the Switch Delhi campaign, the government has developed a one stop facility for citizens. to apply for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and benefit from the grant 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 DISCOMs – BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL – have already established more than 10 EV charger vendors, who will provide reliable and certified chargers to citizens in accordance with 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.
“As part of the initiative, more than 100 requests have already been received by the three DISCOMs and the installation of 19 electric vehicle charging stations has already been completed, including both private and semi-public uses” , he added. The Delhi government has 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.
Shah said the publication of the guide is an important step to facilitate this activity and that Delhi has become the first state in the country to make residential companies and RWAs an integral part of its EV mission.
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