The Delhi government would impose a fee of Rs 2,500 to install private EV charging stations for light commercial electric vehicles, including two- and three-wheelers, in malls, apartments, hospitals, and other private buildings throughout the city.
The cost of Rs 2,500 is applicable to the first 30,000 applicants following a Rs 6,000 government subsidy.
The incentive will bring down the cost of chargers by up to 70%, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said at a news conference announcing the introduction of a single-window facility for consumers to get private charging stations installed.
Applicants can either visit the respective discom portals or dial the helpline numbers provided. They can access the portal and choose an electric vehicle (EV) charger from the list that the government has added to the portal. They can also compare the costs of these chargers and place an order for installation online or over the phone call.
The installation and operationalization of the electric vehicle charger would be completed within seven working days after an application was submitted. Applicants can also schedule the installation of chargers using the single-window interface at their convenience.
Consumers can also choose a new electrical connection with a pre-paid meter in order to get a lower EV tariff. They also have the option of continuing to use the existing electrical connection. The government of the capital has set the cost of electricity consumed by these EV charging stations at Rs 4.5 per unit.
Installation of such a charger requires very little space: one sq ft for an LEV AC charger and two square feet for an AC 001 charger. Both of these chargers will be installed on the wall. The DC-001 charger can be set up on a two-square-meter piece of ground with a two-meter height.
According to Jasmine Shah, vice chairman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), this is the country’s first single-window facility for installing private chargers in malls, offices, residential societies, and colleges. Gahlot concurred with this, saying, “Such a facilitative process for installing EV chargers has been developed for the first time in India.” “Delhi will become the finest city in the world in terms of accessibility to EV charging points,” he said, referring to the massive installation of chargers.