With the rise in the pollution levels in the country, the government has decided to suggest people buy electric vehicles to reduce the levels of pollution. To promote this, they are ordering various subsidies to people who are switching to using electric vehicles. Recently, the government has given approval for setting up 2,636 charging stations.
These stations will be opened up in 62 cities across 24 states and union territories under the FAME India program, which encourages original equipment manufacturers to launch electric vehicle models, as said by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. The Department of Heavy Industry has invited expressions of interest from entities to avail incentives under the FAME India Scheme Phase 2 to deploy charging stations in different cities.
Cities under the second phase of FAME India Scheme are:
- 317 EV charging stations in Maharashtra
- 266 in Andhra Pradesh
- 256 in Tamil Nadu
- 228 in Gujarat
- 205 in Rajasthan
- 207 in Uttar Pradesh
- 172 in Karnataka
- 159 in Madhya Pradesh
- 141 in West Bengal
- 138 in Telangana
- 131 in Kerala
- 72 in Delhi
- 70 in Chandigarh
- 50 in Haryana
- 40 in Meghalaya
- 37 in Bihar
- 29 in Sikkim
- 25 in Jammu, Srinagar, and Chhatisgarh
- 20 in Assam
- 18 in Odisha
- 10 in Uttarakhand, Puducherry, and Himachal Pradesh
Quick movement in electric vehicles adoption in India
The mentioned cities and states will receive the letters in phases to ensure that there is land for charging stations, signing of necessary agreements and MoUs with concerned partner organizations like municipal corporation/oil companies, etc. The public entities will have to carry out the processes in a time-bound manner to deploy the sanctioned charging stations.
The Department of Heavy Industry has invited the Expressions of Interest from large cities, smart cities, state/union territory capitals and cities and from special category states to submit a proposal for availing the incentives under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme phase 2. Till now, about 106 proposals from public/private entities have come forward for the development of 7000 EV charging stations.
These proposals will be evaluated by the Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC), for setting up 2,636 charging stations in 62 cities by 19 public entities. About 1,633 charging stations will be fast-charging stations while the remaining 1,003 will be slow charging stations, and about 14,000 chargers will be installed across selected cities.
Future of Electric Vehicles in India
India is currently moving in the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV), and there are a lot of upcoming Electric cars that’ll be available in India soon. The Great Wall Motor is planning to launch the world’s cheapest electric car – Ora R1, in India, making it one of the most accessible electric vehicles in India.