State will have 50 electric vehicle charging stations

Mumbai: The State will soon have 50 charging stations for electric vehicles. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulation Commission (MERC), in its latest tariff revision for the distribution companies, has created a new category for electric vehicles, and has set the tariff at ₹6 per unit for the next two years.

Sanjiv Kumar, chairman and managing director, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), said on Monday that the 50 stations, which are in the first phase, will likely be commissioned within six months. “We will be soon issuing a letter of intent,” he told reporters.

The tentative cost of each charging station is pegged at ₹4 lakh, and the stations will come up near the existing substations. “The MSEDCL is planning to set up 500 charging stations across the State in three to four years,” Mr. Kumar said.

Last week, the MERC in a bid to encourage electric vehicles announced subsidised rates. The rate has been fixed at ₹6 per unit and the fixed price (demand charges) is ₹70 per KvA/month.

MERC member Mukesh Khullar said the tariff for the electric charging stations is subject to changes.

“As of now, infrastructure for the charging stations is an issue. But we have to make a beginning and put up a figure and estimate how much we will consume. As we go along, we can rationalise it. We have picked up a figure which is close to the average cost of supply. Hence that is not burdening them with any other cost,” he said.

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