electric vehicles: Niti Aayog publishes a manual for the implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Niti Aayog released a manual on Thursday to help state governments and local bodies develop policies for setting up electric vehicle charging networks. According to an official statement, the aim is to improve charging infrastructure and facilitate a rapid transition to electric mobility in the country.

‘The Handbook for Implementing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure’ was jointly developed by Niti Aayog, Ministry of Power (MoP), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Office of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

The handbook provides a systematic and holistic approach for adoptions by implementing authorities and other stakeholders involved in the planning, licensing and execution of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the statement said.

It provides an overview of the technology and regulatory frameworks and governance structures needed to facilitate electric vehicle charging.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the electric vehicle ecosystem in India is rapidly changing and several players are entering the charging infrastructure market.

This handbook provides holistic governance for public and private actors to work together to establish robust and accessible electric vehicle charging networks, Kant added. Niti Aayog Vice President Rajiv Kumar said the handbook addresses common challenges faced by different local authorities in implementing electric vehicle charging networks.

The manual was prepared with the support of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Department of Heavy Industry.