MCD Expands EV Charging To Delhi Outskirts

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is expanding EV charging infrastructure to areas like Narela, Najafgarh, and Rohini to boost EV adoption. Out of 584 allocated charging spots, 200 are now operational. MCD will also set up EV hubs for cab services and evaluate current stations before approving more.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi plans to broaden its electric vehicle charging network to outer Delhi soon.

Officials indicated an increased focus on areas like Narela, Najafgarh, and Rohini for more e-vehicle charging facilities to enhance last-mile connectivity. The goal is strengthening their presence in the outskirts with limited EV infrastructure. They’ve collaborated with power discoms and PSUs to identify potential sites, with some stations also offering battery swapping.

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Currently, the MCD has designated spots for 584 stations, with 200 active, including 25 offering battery-swapping. Most existing stations are in south, central, or east Delhi. However, the outer regions like Narela, Najafgarh, and Rohini have inadequate EV facilities, influencing the decision to expand there. Enhanced infrastructure in these areas is expected to foster e-vehicle adoption.

There are already 32 charging sites in Najafgarh and 12 in Rohini. Narela will receive allocations soon. Moreover, the MCD aims to set up dedicated EV charging hubs to encourage cab operators to increase their EV fleet. These hubs will simultaneously accommodate 10-15 cabs, part of an overarching strategy to promote electric vehicle usage.

Before greenlighting more charging stations, officials will evaluate the success of current stations. Future permissions will be based on performance. The entire approval process for charging and swapping stations adheres to MCD’s unified policy. Notably, e-vehicles offer a cost-efficient alternative, running below Re 1 per km, making them more economical than traditional fuels.

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