India Reaches 12,146 EV Charging Stations, Maharashtra Leads with 3,079

India has 12,146 EV charging stations, with Maharashtra leading the way. The government's FAME II scheme aims to make EVs more affordable, but more stations are needed to reach the 2030 goal of 8 crore EVs.

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India Reaches 12,146 EV Charging Stations, Maharashtra Leads with 3,079

India Reaches 12,146 EV Charging Stations, Maharashtra Leads with 3,079

India had 12,146 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as of February 2, 2024, according to data provided by Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar. Maharashtra topped the list with 3,079 stations, followed by Delhi at 1,886 and Karnataka at 1,041. The government has been actively promoting the adoption of EVs through various subsidies and initiatives.

In Delhi, there are around 1,741 EV charging stations that consumers can locate within a 10km radius of their pincode using their EV manufacturer's smartphone app or the central government's e-Amrit website. Most electric cars can be charged in about one hour when plugged into a 50kW DC fast charger. The average cost of charging an electric car at a public station in Delhi is around Rs 4 per kWh, while home charging can range from Rs 2 to Rs 9 per unit. Driving an EV can result in savings of around Rs 10,000 per month compared to a small petrol car.

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, has approximately 447 EV charging stations. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, has around 806 stations that users can find within a 10km radius on the e-Amrit website or their EV manufacturer's app.

The government has been promoting electric vehicles through subsidies and initiatives under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME II) scheme, launched in 2019 with a budget of Rs 10,000 crores. The scheme aims to make EVs more affordable and achieve the goals of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). The Ministry of Power has also launched initiatives to accelerate the deployment of public EV charging infrastructure and established a single-part EV tariff for public charging stations, with maximum rates of Rs 2.50 per unit for slow AC charging during solar hours and Rs 3.50 per unit during non-solar hours.

Why this matters: The growth of EV charging infrastructure is vital for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in India. With the government's initiatives and subsidies, the country is making progress towards its goal of having 8 crore electric vehicles on the road by 2030. However, a recent analysis report suggests that India may only reach 5 crore EV sales by 2030, emphasizing the need for more stations, price across the country, especially in major cities like Mumbai.

Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar emphasized the government's efforts to promote EVs, stating, "The government has been actively promoting the adoption of electric vehicles through various subsidies and initiatives. We aim to make EVs more affordable and accessible to the masses." As India continues to expand its EV charging infrastructure, it is expected to play a significant role in reducing the country's dependence on fossil fuels and combating air pollution in urban areas.

Key Takeaways

  • India had 12,146 EV charging stations as of Feb 2024, led by Maharashtra, Delhi, and Karnataka.
  • Delhi has 1,741 EV charging stations within 10km radius, with avg cost of Rs 4/kWh at public stations.
  • Mumbai has 447 and Bangalore has 806 EV charging stations, as per the article.
  • Govt promotes EVs through FAME II scheme, with initiatives to accelerate public charging infrastructure.
  • India aims for 8 crore EVs by 2030, but may only reach 5 crore, highlighting need for more charging stations.