The Delhi govt has approved the single window process for a rapid expansion of the EV charging network at private and semi-public places like apartments, societies, hospitals, malls and theatres in the national capital.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Jasmine Shah, vice chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission. Delhi will soon be the only city in the world where anyone can get an EV charger installed, net of Delhi government subsidy, by making a single phone call or applying online.
Delhi has many registered electric vehicles that include cars, 2 wheelers and electric rickshaws which are supported by 77 functional EV charging stations in the city. Previously the Delhi government had launched the EV policy to ensure conversion to electric vehicles in the next 5 years.
The Delhi government has actively launched schemes like "Switch Delhi" for enabling people to switch from fossil based and CNG models.
This is a great move by Mr Kejriwal. This that will enable companies, societies, office complexes and businesses to buy subsidized charging stations easily all over Delhi. There are no details on what kind of charging equipment will be sold, or which manufacturers of charging equipment are partnering with the Delhi government or if the consumer will have a choice.
We have written to the Delhi EV policy team and hopefully next week, if they reply we can reveal more details.
One issue that was not thought about was parking while charging. We need more public parking spots too. We would have been happier if Delhi government went one step ahead and setup public charging at Metro Stations, Railway stations, DTC depots. That would also encourage people to use public transport more.