Govt Looking At Big EV Charging Stations Rollout Across Country: Goyal

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Battery technologies are going to be very important and the country is investing heavily in batteries now, the Minister said

As the electric vehicle ecosystem grows in the country, India is looking at a big rollout of charging stations across the country to encourage users of electric cars to recharge their batteries using renewable energy or solar energy during day hours, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said.

Speaking at the 2nd edition of Aatmanirbhar Bharat- Self-Reliance for Renewable Energy manufacturing organised by CII, Goyal said that India was going to achieve 20 per cent ethanol-blending in petrol by 2023-24, adding that the country’s ultimate target was to also have vehicles which can take up to 100 per cent ethanol.

Battery technologies are going to be very important for India’s sustainability mission and for renewable energy to progress more, and the country is investing heavily in batteries now, the Minister said.

“Our idea is to make India conscious of its electricity needs being met in a more sustainable fashion and balancing the cost of electricity in such a manner that our developmental goals do not get affected. From an overall renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022, India is now looking at 450 GW by 2030,” he said.

In a similar vein, Tata Power has signed an agreement with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to provide end-to-end EV charging stations at HPCL’s retail outlets (petrol pumps) in multiple cities and major highways across the country.

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