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India: Kerala empanels eight companies for setting up EV charging stations

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has disclosed the list of selected bidders that intend to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for commercial operations at specified locations in the state.

Last year, KSEB had invited bids from interested parties to set up EV charging stations across the state. Kerala was one of the first states to start focusing on the promotion of electric mobility.

In 2018, the state government had then chalked out a roadmap for an Electric Vehicle Policy, which aimed to reduce the number of vehicles with the introduction of electric buses and e-autorickshaws.

Kerala’s budget for the financial year 2019-2020 also puts the impetus on the development of the EV sector in the state.

Earlier, the Ministry of Power recently issued an amendment to its guidelines and standards for the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles. The amendment has now specified that the tariff for the supply of electricity to the EV public charging stations should not be more than 15% of the average cost of supply of power. This ceiling was not given in the earlier guidelines.

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