Uttar Pradesh: Govt to set up Charging Stations on Expressways For E-Vehicles
The charging stations will be equipped with a 'battery swapping' system to ensure hassle free mobility of electric vehicles on the state highways. The government has invited applications from firms interested in developing charging stations based on a private public partnership model.
गाँव कनेक्शन 27 Oct 2023 2:30 PM GMT
As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure mobility of electrical vehicles on the expressways, the Uttar Pradesh government has started the process of installing charging stations. These stations which will have 'battery swapping' systems for e-vehicles will be installed on the Yamuna Expressway, Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, Purvanchal Expressway and Gorakhpur Link Expressway.
These public charging stations will be developed on the basis of public private partnership [PPP] model and applications have been invited for interested companies for the development of these stations through e-tender portal on October 20.
Notably, selected applicants for the development of charging stations will be provided land by Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority [UPEIDA] on a nominal lease for 10 years.
According to this, interested applicants can submit their applications from November 11 to November 28, after which the tender will open on November 29. The tender fee for this is set at Rs 5,900, and the EMD amount is Rs 500,000.
The state government’s vision is to set up 2,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to promote electric vehicles. Among these stations, efforts are to establish 1,300 EV charging stations in municipal cities such as Agra, Lucknow, and Prayagraj, while 100 in heritage sites like Ram Mandir and the Taj Mahal, 200 at tourist destinations like Mathura-Vrindavan and Varanasi-Ayodhya, and another 400 in national and state parks cross the state.
It is worth mentioning that in the year 2022, Uttar Pradesh implemented a new Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy. Through this policy, the state aimed to provide extensive support and incentives for electric vehicles (EVs), including subsidies and other provisions.