The Department of Heavy Industry has floated an Expression of Interest (EoI), inviting proposals from government organisations, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), state-owned distribution companies and other public and private entities to build and operate charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).
The proposals are for building charging infrastructure along some of the country’s major expressways connecting metro cities, such as the Mumbai – Pune, Ahmedabad – Vadodara, Delhi – Agra, Bengaluru – Mysore, Bengaluru – Chennai, Surat – Mumbai and Agra – Lucknow expressways, among others. Proposals have also been invited for building EV charging stations along highways, such as Delhi – Srinagar, Delhi – Kolkata, Agra – Nagpur, Meerut – Gangotri Dham, Mumbai – Delhi and Mumbai – Panaji, among others. The news was first reported by PTI.
Under Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme, the Government of India (GoI) intends to support the development of EV charging infrastructure by extending capital grant to organisations for promoting the use of electric vehicles. The Centre has approved Phase-II of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India) scheme for three years commencing from April 1, 2019.