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Will EVs Spark A Revolution in Rural Mobility?

Here is what all it takes to bring e-mobility to fit into Prime Minister Modi’s rural visions like ‘Har Ghar Mein Ujjwala, Har Ghar Mein Ujala’ — with the government reaching out to uplift the rural India by dynamic schemes like Ujjwala scheme (providing a free gas cylinder connection to those below the poverty line) and the UJALA ( distributing LED bulbs at subsidized rates to promote the efficient usage of energy) a particular set of circumstances which are conducive to a sustainable mobility paradigm have created an opportunity for accelerated adoption of EVs in rural India as well. 

With Its goal to reduce oil dependency while solving the challenge of energy scarcity, moving towards renewable and clean sources of energy are at the top of the national agenda. The aim is to reach 30% EV penetration by 2030, which will generate an estimated saving of up to 474 Millions of tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) and 846 million tonnes of net CO2 emissions over their lifetime.

To make this green mobility reach the grass route level, efficiently manpowered Public charging infrastructure will be key. So the training of frontline staff is of utmost importance.    


As per the news report, Kolkata-based Central Staff Training and Research Institute is in the process of preparing the programme curriculum for electric vehicle technicians, while, the Power Sector Skill Council is framing four occupational standards for supervisors, technician and helpers who will be trained exclusively for maintaining e-vehicles. Ease of Doing Business division of ASSAR has moved this NOTE to NITI Aayog to pull these distinct initiatives together in NHEV Capacity building program with DISCOM’s staffs, Drivers, Operators, technicians, RSA personels and drivers needed together on a E-highway project.

I am happy to know that ASSAR is doing it. Its our Prime Minister Sri Narender Modi Ji’s dream to transform India by the use of clean mode transport.

Shri K.J. Alphons, Former Minister of State(IC) for Tourism, Government of India

This workforce will be trained to deal with a Charging point application coming from 50 KM rural, semi urban Geo fencing radius of these stations as efficiently as BSNL and other telecom companies handle the user request for landline or broadband connection. Effective deployment of charging infrastructure based on a sustainable operating business model is NHEV’s strength and charging infrastructure suppliers of NHEV are ready with all necessary competence in AC/DC chargers to accelerate adoption of EVs in rural India. 

Concessional tariff for electricity for EV charging is notified in 14 states in India; and other states are expected to notify the same in the near future. In order to avail the concessional tariff, a dedicated connection with a separate meter is required for the EV charging station. When an application for a new electricity connection for an EV charging station is received by a DISCOM, they should conduct a technical feasibility of allocating that from the existing grid system. If the existing distribution transformer and wires cannot accommodate the additional load, they need to upgrade the distribution transformer capacity or construct a new 11kV line and setup a new distribution transformer for the connection for the EV charging station. This depends on the existing grid situation and the additional load required for the EV charging station. Giving electricity connections to EV charging stations is a new business for the DISCOMs and the field staff of DISCOMs may be trained on the nuances and safety precautions to be taken in this regard.

Reji Pillai, President – India Smart Grid Forum & Chairman – Global Smart Grid Federation

Public charging infrastructure will be key to electric vehicle success in India, at present, the EV charging infrastructure market is driven by public sector companies that buy chargers in bulk. Effective deployment of charging infrastructure based on a sustainable operating business model is NHEV’s strength and EXICOM is ready with all necessary competence in AC/DC chargers to accelerate adoption of EVs in rural India. While fulfilling bulk demand for chargers from PSUs like EESL, REIL, NTPC & BHEL, we have recently tied up our collaboration with MG Motors which seems to be an efficient vehicle for long range intercity run.

Krishna Sharma, Vice President & business Head-EVSE at Exicom Tele Systems Limited

EV charger market in India is dominated by fully or partially foreign made chargers, and SLS is among those suppliers who has 100% made in India chargers with similar specifications and standards on comparatively low price. NHEV has opened the way for government to transform highways into E-highways on minimal CAPEX and single window clearance for charger manufacturers and we are there to make sure that we live up to the expectations and majority of charger supply remains with a ‘Make in India’ company.

Paresh Patel, President & CEO, System Level Solutions.

Operationalizing this mass transition to electric mobility for a country of 1.3 billion people is not an easy feat. It’s only with a strong common vision and a well-organized platform for public-private collaboration that green mobility will reach every nook and corner of the country.  

Ease of doing business team has been working to turn this deficit into opportunity, looking at PCO and ATM as forerunner of rural retail outlets, giving an opportunity to own and operate future petrol pump look alike charging points; has potentials to generate rural employment and change informal vehicles into EV as lowest hanging fruits. Application, evaluation, financial assistance, connection, GPS mapping, e-wallet integration and commencement of charger on the network will be done from 20 NHEV stations. We are confident that we will meet PMO expectations to include it as a call for people like UJALA, UJWALA, MUDRA to come forward and take this opportunity of employment and sustainable green fueled rural transport like gas connections, led and solar installations.    

Abhijeet Sinha – National Program Director – NHEV & EoDB

Abhijeet Sinha said during the ceremony of dedicating National Highway for EV to Former Prime Minister Late Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as ‘ATAL VIDYUT MARG’ at Akashwani Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi.



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