Andhra Pradesh Govt and IOC To Establish EV Charging Points At 1,000 Petrol Stations Alongside Highways

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The state has recently launched a scheme to promote one lakh electric 2-wheelers to government employees over a period of one year

The state government of Andhra Pradesh is setting up electric vehicle charging points at around 1,000 petrol bunks off the highways across the state with an aim to grow the electric vehicle ecosystem and promote the adoption of EVs.

The New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for setting up charging points at its filling stations mainly alongside the state and national highways.

The corporation has recently invited expression of interest from the companies for the supply of one lakh EVs and the rollout is expected to begin in a few months.

The corporation will set up ultra-high-speed charging points at around 1,000 filling stations along the highways to facilitate the recharging of vehicles. Based on the demand, the number will be increased further, said S. Ramana Reddy, VC&MD, NREDCAP.

The state, under its policy to phase out all the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in four major cities by 2024 and all cities by 2030, has recently launched a scheme to promote one lakh electric 2-wheelers to government employees over a period of one year by providing them with subsidies and EMIs to buy electric scooters.

Before the vehicles hit the road, the government is planning to set up charging points on all highways at the IOC filling stations with a space to charge at least three vehicles simultaneously.

The electricity department will install meters exclusively for the charging points and the IOC staff will be responsible for the collection of charges from the consumers, Reddy added.

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