The state government is planning to set up 241 EV charging stations for electric vehicles in Kolkata Metropolitan Area. The project cost is Rs. 125 crores. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is working with the government of West Bengal for identifying appropriate locations for public charging stations for EVs.
241 EV Charging Stations in Kolkata
Putting one charging station with five to six chargers including fast chargers involve an investment in the range of Rs 30 to 50 lakh. Power minister Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay strictly instructed that the city must have one charging station in every 3 square kilometers and one at every 25 kilometers on state and national highways.
An EV charging station not only requires chargers but also lot of infrastructure like arrangement of space, cabling work, civil work and safety measures. This infrastructure will help EV motorists to roam around without having any tension of running out of charge.
They have planned 115 EV charging stations in 3kmX3km area at Kolkata core, while 60 charging stations are being considered for state and national highways. Ten of them will be for heavy vehicles.
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Notably, WBSEDCL is the nodal agency for establishing public charging stations in the state along with fixing tariff and service charges for public vehicles. The tariff and service charges will be published soon. But the running cost of EVs will be between Rs 1 and Rs 2 per kilometer.
A senior TERI official advised that the Electricity Regulatory Commission has to come up with different tariffs in peak and off-peak hours to manage the impact on the grid. Because more and more electric vehicles will come into picture in the coming days.
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