Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company Limited (KEL) has announced that it expects to commission the first of its electric vehicle charging stations in February. The charging station is coming up at the Mamala unit of the public sector company near Kochi.
The facilities being built by the company will include a 60-kW rapid DC charger, 7.5-kW AC charger, and AC charger type 2, 22-kW chargers.
KEL also has plans to build charging stations for private and public enterprises and is bearing in mind the possibility of building custom-made charging stations in partnership with car producers in the country.
The total cost of setting up a charging station is projected to be about Rs 65 lakh. The cost comprises that of associated facilities such as the cafeteria and restroom at the station.
The Minister’s post stated that the rapid DC chargers being established would help charge a motor vehicle up to 80 percent within half-an-hour. The cost of the establishment of the DC charger will be Rs 22 lakh and the type two AC charger will be Rs 8 lakh.
KEL Managing Director Shaji M. Varghese said the need for charging stations would increase rapidly as electric vehicles became the common mode of transport. Kerala would require a charging station every 10 km and KEL’s idea was to make use of the new opportunity, he added.
KEL is among the initial public sector undertakings in the country to foray into the field of electric vehicle charging stations.