New Delhi: In a bid to boost last-mile connectivity and provide a fillip to the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, the Narendra Modi government has cleared a project worth Rs 800 crore for creating a network of electric vehicle charging stations across India. Union Minister of Heavy Industries, Mahendra Nath Pandey, on Tuesday announced that 7,432 public fast charging stations will be set up across the country via PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) – Indian Oil (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL).
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Currently, there are about 6,586 charging stations across the country. Additional 7,432 public charging stations will be set up for charging electric 2-wheelers, 4-wheelers, light commercial vehicles, and minibuses.
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The charging stations – fast, as well as slow, will be set up at the existing OMC facilities along highways, which, the government believes, are also the natural travel routes for commuters. The latest set of EV charging stations in India will be set up in all the metros, million-plus cities, smart cities notified by MoHUA, cities of hilly states across the country, and highways and expressways across the country.
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“This will provide EV owners with a seamless and convenient charging experience that would greatly reduce the anxieties of EV owners regarding range and charging time during their intra-city and, more importantly, their inter-city, long-distance travels. The wide network of conveniently located OMC retail outlets is in the natural travel route of motorists and also offers a host of amenities, viz, safety, good illumination, extended working hours, washrooms, emergency assistance, etc., for customer comfort,” the government said in a press release.