SDMC To Set Up 35 E2W Charging Stations In Next Four Months

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It will also install 10 electric four-wheeler charging stations. However, Kumar added that they expect more people to use electric two-wheelers than four-wheelers in future

With an aim to build the infrastructure for electric two-wheelers, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has engaged Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) for setting up 35 electric charging stations in the next four months.

“The sites have been finalised and we aim to inaugurate some of these eco-friendly stations for two-wheelers on October 2,” said Sanjeev Kumar, chairman and managing director of TCIL.

It will also install 10 electric four-wheeler charging stations. However, Kumar added that they expect more people to use electric two-wheelers than four-wheelers in future.

“As per a study of Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle scheme of the Centre, two-wheelers contribute to the two-third of the vehicular pollution in cities. That’s why we are creating separate points for charging two-wheelers, particularly on roadsides,” said Prem Shankar Jha, deputy commissioner of SDMC’s remunerative and project cell.

“Our stations will be on Ring Road or Outer Ring Road to encourage their use for last-mile connectivity too.”

After the Centre’s decision on a major rebate for electric two-wheelers, the sales are likely to jump, said Jha. These stations can also be used to charge three-wheelers, he added.

TCIL will be responsible for installation, maintenance and operation of the e-charging and battery swapping stations. Each station for two-wheelers will have space for charging at least four two-wheelers at a time.

“The PSU will get space equivalent to three cars (37.5sqm) for running each facility and, in lieu of the land, it will share revenue at Re 1 per KWh with SDMC,” said Col (retd) B K Oberoi, standing committee chairman. If it needs more space at any station, Rs 2,000 will be charged monthly per extra space, he added.

“Though each charging point can run on 3.5kW load, we will also install pole-mounted distribution transformers of 100kW each for uninterrupted power supply,” said the SDMC official.

The smart stations will have solar panels and can also run on solar energy. Arrangements for drinking water and free Wi-Fi for a specified period will be made to help people wait for an hour during charging.

All stations will also have a charger management system, a meter box, LED screens, CCTV cameras and a battery swapping system, said Atul Kumar, executive director (civil) of TCIL.

To get bulk users, TCIL will approach service providers in the e-commerce industry who depend on two-wheelers, said Sanjeev Kumar.

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