India: Central Govt to help Andhra Pradesh develop electric vehicle infrastructure
As part of the national policy, the Central Govt will support Andhra Pradesh to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State, said Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL- GoI), executive vice-chairman Saurabh Kumar, while requesting the State government to support the objective of bringing electric vehicles revolution in the country in the next 10 years.
The Centre aims to see electric three-wheelers operating in the country by 2023, and electric two-wheelers by 2025. The EESL has already established 80 charging stations in Andhra Pradesh and supplied 300 e-cars to varied government departments. EESL executive vice-chairman urged the department of transport, DISCOMs and power utilities to launch more e-vehicle charging stations in co-ordination with APSECM and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). The EESL has plans to line up 5,000 charging stations in the country by 2025.
Officials of NREDCAP, the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for e-vehicles, said that it is contemplating converting the APSRTC bus fleet of over 11,000 buses into electric buses by 2029, with the first phase of 100 percent conversion of bus fleet in top 4 cities by 2024. The cities of Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati will be declared as Model Electric Mobility(EM) cities with phase-wise goals to adopt electric vehicles, charging & Hydrogen refueling infrastructure and new EV enabling building codes, officials said.