The government has allowed government entities to offer land to private agencies setting up public charging stations through bidding starting with a floor price of Rs 1 per unit.
The land available with government agencies can be offered to PSUs at a concessional rate of Rs 1 per unit for setting up public charging stations. The tariff of public charging stations has also been capped to not exceed average cost of supply till March 2025. As per previous guidelines, the tariff for public charging stations was capped at 15% of the average cost of supply.
Under the power ministry’s revised promulgated guidelines and standards for charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV), revenue sharing model has been put in place, an official statement said. Also, they provide that the state government shall fix the ceiling of Service Charges to be charged by such charging stations.
Land available with the government/public entities shall be provided for installation of public charging stations to a government/public entity on a revenue sharing basis for installation of Public Charging Station at a fixed rate of Rs 1/kWh (used for charging) to be paid to the Land-Owning Agency from such PCS business payable on quarterly basis, it said.
“A Model Revenue Sharing agreement has also been included under the guidelines. Such revenue sharing agreement may be initially entered by parties for a period of 10 years. The Revenue Sharing Model may also be adopted by the public Land-owning agency for providing the land to a private entity for installation of Public Charging Stations on bidding basis with floor price of ? 1 / kWh,” the statement said.
The guidelines aim to reduce the emission intensity of the country by promoting the entire EV ecosystem. They were last revised in June 2020.
The statement said the guidelines include provisions for individual owners of Electric Vehicles and for Public Charging Stations (PCS).
Owners may charge their electric vehicles at their residence/offices using their existing electricity connections.
“Any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license provided that, such stations meet the technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols laid down under the guidelines as well as norms/ standards/ specifications laid down by Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Central Electricity Authority (CEA) from time to time,” it said.
The guidelines have also been made technology agnostic by providing for international charging standards and the new Indian charging standards. They also provide that public charging stations or chains of charging stations may obtain electricity from any generation company through open access.
“Open Access shall be provided for this purpose within 15 days of receipt of the application complete in all respects. They will be required to pay the applicable surcharge – equal to the current level of cross subsidy (not more than 20 percent, as per the Tariff Policy Guidelines), transmission charges and wheeling charges. No other surcharge or charges shall be levied except mentioned in this provision,” it said.
The government aims to achieve one charging station in a grid of 3 kms. In the first phase all mega cities and all existing connecting expressways are proposed to be taken up for coverage.