2020-08-29
KSEB sets up its initial EV charging station in Thiruvananthapuram

KSEB sets up its initial EV charging station in Thiruvananthapuram

Image Credit: Kerala State Electricity Board

Kerala, in its attempt to reinforce the state's electric vehicle sector, has accomplished the construction of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) first EV charging station in Nemom, Thiruvananthapuram.

Acknowledged as the nodal agency to institute e-vehicle charging stations by the Pinarayi government, the Kerala State Electricity Board envisions 250 EV charging stations across the state. With a charging capacity of 80-kilowatts (kW), at least three cars can be plugged in at one go. It also promises full charge in 45 minutes to one hour.

The stations will have plug points matching all the electric vehicles available in the country, KESB confirmed.

The project is being executed via government funds and is in agreement with state and central-level standards.

The work is developing in Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Kannur districts to open charging stations as the project's first phase. Tenders are being requested for the construction of 56 other stations.

Under the initial phase, stations will be built in KSEB sites alone but plans are being made to spread it to government-owned and private locations in the future. It is a part of the board's broader plan to institute a Pan-Kerala chain incorporating around 250 charging points in the near future.

The state’s first electric vehicle charging station was opened at Indian Oil Corporation’s retail outlet United Fuels at Edappally in June 2019.

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