New Delhi City Council Electric Vehicle Push: 40 More Charging Stations Coming

New Delhi City Council (NDMC) will add 40 additional electric charging stations, for both two and four wheelers, bringing the total number of stations under its jurisdiction to 100 over the next four months.

The stations will be installed in areas such as Netaji Nagar, Kali Mandir Way, Dr Abdul Kalam Road, Lodhi Estate, near Lodhi Garden, Sansad Marg, President’s Estate, Chanakyapuri, near Akashvani Bhawan and Mandi House.

The NDMC is working on the Public Charging Stations (PCS) project with the state-owned Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL). He has currently installed these 60 stations in areas like Jor Bagh, Diplomatic Enclave, Connaught Place near Palika Kendra, Barakhamba Road and Khan Market.

Sixty charging stations have been commissioned and opened to the public, while 40 are in the pre-commissioning phase where electrical connection work by discoms is underway, said N Mohan, deputy general manager of CESL. The charging stations are accessible through a mobile app called ElectreeFi, he added.

A senior NDMC official said that in the coming years, demand for electric vehicles is expected to increase with rising prices for gasoline and diesel. “In addition, several application-based aggregators are turning to e-bikes. Once there is a network of such stations, people will no longer worry about the issue of recharging and then there will be more such vehicles, ”the official said.

Delhi being one of the most polluted capitals in the world, the Delhi government and civic organizations have been pushing for electric vehicles to push residents into cleaner vehicle options. In 2020, the government launched an electric vehicle policy with several incentives for buyers. It also plans to install 500 electric vehicle charging points by June 2022 – accessible on an app that shows how far each is from the user’s location.

Companies in the South and the North have also planned more than 100 such charging stations for cars and bicycles.

Lance B. Holton