Modi  Government would support Andhra Pradesh to develop electric vehicles charging infrastructure in the State, said Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL- GoI), Executive Vice Chairman Saurabh Kumar. The EESL has also requested the State government to support the objective of bringing electric vehicles revolution in the country in the next ten years.

The Government of India has aimed at having electric three-wheelers operating in the country by 2023, and electric two-wheelers by 2025. Saurabh Kumar informed AP Energy Department officials that the transport sector accounts for 18% of total energy consumption in India. This in energy terms translates to an estimated 94 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE). If India were to follow the current trends of energy consumption, it would require an estimated200 MTOE of energy supply annually, by the year 2030 to meet the demand of transport sector.

Moreover, the transport sector also contributes to estimated CO2emissions of 142 Million Tonnes annually, out of which 123 million tonnes is contributed by the road transport segment alone. The air pollution from vehicles in urban areas has grown at an alarming rate and become a serious problem affecting human health and leading environmental hazards.

Electric vehicles represent one of the most promising pathways to increase energy security, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Electric mobility comes with zero or ultra-low tail-pipe emissions of local air pollutant and much lower noise. It can boost to the economic and industrial competitiveness creating congenial atmosphere for attracting investments.

The Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has already established 80 charging stations in Andhra Pradesh and supplied 300 E-cars to various government departments.

The central government has announced FAME(Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV) India phase –2 scheme to incentivize deployment of Public charging Infrastructure and increase uptake of electric vehicles in the country.

The cities of Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati will be declared as Model Electric Mobility(EM) cities with phase-wise goals to adopt Electric vehicles, charging & Hydrogen refueling infrastructure and new EV enabling building codes, officials said.

Recognizing the best performance of power sector at the national level, now EESL has come forward to fully support E-mobility in transport sector. Consequent tothe launch of Go electric campaign held at Vignan Bhawan at New Delhi, the Executive Vice chairman EESL, Saurabh kumar who has participated in an exclusive program held on E-Mobility along with state officials has categorically stated that EESL is committed to fully support the govt. in its efforts to make the transport sector carbon free.

EESL Executive Vice-Chairman has requested the State that the concerned department of transport, DISCOMs and power utilities in co-ordination with APSECM, State Designated Agency under BEE, GoI and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradsh(NREDCAP) to scale up E- vehicles charging stations. EESL has plans to scale up the deployment to more than 5,000 charging stationsin the country by 2025 supporting the penetration of electric vehicles.

A separate institution Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary company of EESL headed by CEO & MD , Ms Mahua Acharya who has served in world bank for several years, has been established by GoI to mainly focus on E-mobility in the country which will have major impact on environmental protection and economic benefit for the States as well as Nation for which we have considered Andhra Pradesh as one of the best state in the country for producing results keeping in view of the APs track record, Saurabh kumar said.

In a response to request from EESL to promote electric vehicles infrastructure in AP, the State government has decided to make a big push for electric vehicles and set up 400 charging stations in 73 locations across the State under first phase.

As the most happening State, the Andhra Pradesh is giving high priority for achieving energy security and cost effective power, said official of govt. “The State has already stood first at national level for saving Rs 1000 crore for purchase power and has been making sustainable efforts to bring down power purchase costs in future as well,” he said.

In view of this, the government is exploring all possibilities to strengthen energy sector which may play key role in promoting industrial and economic development and improving the living standards of people.

The State government also wants to promote electric vehicles related activities in a big way which will strengthen the efforts of government to achieve cheap power through energy efficiency in the State, officials said. BEE, GoI suggested AP Govt. to conduct a series of webinars in February and March on Go Electric campaign.

The officials said that the electric vehicles could also greatly improve lower plant load factor which is due to lower capacity utilization. It could help to improve the utilization factor as charging pattern of electric vehicle users is considered to coincidence with power demand during the non-peak hours. This would improve the financial conditions of power utilities as well, he said.

Officials of NREDCAP, the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for E-Vehicles said that it is contemplated to convert APSRTC bus fleet of over 11000 buses into electric buses(Battery Electric vehicles or fuel electric vehicles) by 2029, with the first phase of 100% conversion of bus fleet in top 4 cities by 2024 and phasing out the fossil fuel based commercial fleets and logistics vehicles.

Annexure:

Electric 4-wheeler vs conventional 4-wheeler

Sl.NoDescriptionElectric 4-WheelerConventional 4-Wheeler
1Operational Cost/KmRs. 0.5 to Rs. 0.8Rs.3 to Rs.6
2Price of Fuel/ElectricityRs.6 per kwhRs.80 per litre
3Mileage8-12 Km/Kwh14-25 km per litre

EESL Operation and maintenance of the EV charging stations is represented in the schematic diagram below:

In this model:

  • EESL aggregates demand for chargers at the national level which helps procurement of chargers at a discounted price and makes the end-services for consumers affordable
  • The land owner provides land for Charging Stations. The installation of Charging Stations would derive benefits such as reduced air pollution, garner additional revenue from existing real estate assets, and support India’s EV deployment objectives
  • The power utility provides power connection and benefits by an additional source of revenue from the sale of power through EV Charging stations.
  • EESL and Land Owner engage in a revenue sharing model.

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