The joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has announced that it plans to install at least 500 more electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in the country during fiscal 2020-21.
Talking to a local press agency, the company said that around 207 charging stations have already been installed across the country.
“The beginning of the financial year was difficult as the country was dealing with the Coronavirus and its related lockdowns. EESL’s suppliers have also been facing shortages of components and labor during the lockdown that extended up till May-end,” he said.
He further added, “With the supply resumed from the manufacturers and opening up of transport, EESL is striding towards installing at least 500 chargers by the end of the financial year. During the year, EESL has also completed an additional procurement of 1020 chargers.”
However, there is a long race to be covered for achieving the goals set by the National E-Mobility Mission of the Government of India, as EESL has completed the procurement process of 10,000 e-cars. Although, to date, 1,514 e-cars have been deployed/under deployment for Government organizations. And up to 308 AC & 180 DC captive chargers have been commissioned across all offices where EVs have been delivered.
Additionally, EESL aims to set up ‘Carbon Neutral Charging Stations’ by bundling solar rooftop, battery-based charging stations, and battery swapping stations.
Eventually, the company plans to set up 10,000 charging stations over the next two to three years across the country and to have 30 percent of the EVs on roads by 2030.
To install the robust EV charging infrastructure, EESL has tied up with various private and public companies such as Apollo Hospitals, BSNL, Maha-Metro, BHEL, and HPCL.