The growth of the electric vehicle industry in India directly depends on the availability or shortage of charging stations in the country. As part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India programme, the government has approved a plan to establish 2,636 charging stations throughout the country to further encourage the use of EVs and produce high adoption by 2030 in India.
According to this report, of the 2,636 stations:
- Rapid charging stations = 1,633
- Maharashtra = 317
- Andhra Pradesh = 266
- Tamil Nadu = 256
- Uttar Pradesh = 207
- Rajasthan = 205
- Delhi and Chandigarh = around 70
It is expected that at least one charging station will be available in most of the selected cities in a grid of 4 km x 4 km. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), an energy service provider owned by the Indian government is all set to collaborate with engineering group Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to build electric-vehicle charging stations throughout India.
Various community charging stations and businesses are taking on the initiative of increasing the accessibility of these stations. Tata Power established the first set of Electric Vehicle charging stations in Mumbai and are now present in Delhi and Hyderabad.
PluginIndia wants to popularize the concept of community charging stations with the idea for businesses/resorts/vacation homes etc, that are at a distance of 40-70 km around cities, to setup normal 15 Amp charge points or Smart EVSE for electric cars and next-generation electric bikes. Having successfully set up 257 Community Charging Stations across India, they have developed a mobile app by the community for the community, complete with Google Maps integration.
RE:CHARGE INDIA App Features
- Find electric vehicle charge points near your location
- Browse electric vehicle charge points on a Map
- Search for charge points
- View electric vehicle charge points details
- Get driving directions from your location to an electric vehicle charge point
- Call phone number directly from the app
- Report an electric vehicle charge point
- Add a new electric vehicle charge point
Get the App:
Android – Recharge India – EV Charging points map
App Store – RE:CHARGE
All of these efforts have one goal – that easier access would encourage more use; and the faster that EVs become a trend, the better for the environment.